Definition of noma
: a spreading invasive gangrene chiefly of the lining of the cheek and lips that is usually fatal and occurs most often in persons severely debilitated by disease or profound nutritional deficiency
Origin of noma
New Latin, from Greek nomē, from nemein to spread (of an ulcer), literally, to graze, pasture — more at nimble
First Known Use: 1834
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