noun py·or·rhea \ˌpī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of PYORRHEA

:  purulent inflammation of the sockets of the teeth leading usually to loosening of the teeth

Origin of PYORRHEA

New Latin
First Known Use: 1878
Medical Dictionary


noun py·or·rhea

Medical Definition of PYORRHEA

:  a discharge of pus
:  an advanced form of chronic periodontitis marked especially by the discharge of pus from the alveoli—called also Riggs' disease

Variants of PYORRHEA

py·or·rhea or chiefly British py·or·rhoea \ˌpī-ə-ˈrē-ə\


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