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caries

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noun car·ies \ˈker-ēz\

Simple Definition of caries

  • : tooth decay

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caries

plural caries

  1. :  a progressive destruction of bone or tooth; especially :  tooth decay

Origin of caries

Latin, decay; akin to Old Irish ara-chrinn it decays


First Known Use: 1634


CARIES Defined for Kids

caries

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noun car·ies \ˈker-ēz\

Definition of caries for Students

plural caries

  1. :  a decayed condition of a tooth or teeth




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caries

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noun car·ies \ˈka(ə)r-ēz, ˈke(ə)r-\

Medical Definition of caries

plural caries

  1. :  a progressive destruction of bone or tooth; especially :  tooth decay




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