Definition of Vincent's angina
: Vincent's infection in which the ulceration has spread to surrounding tissues (as of the pharynx and tonsils) —called also trench mouth
Origin and Etymology of vincent's angina
Jean Hyacinthe Vincent †1950 French bacteriologist
First Known Use: circa 1903See Words from the same year
Biographical Note for vincent's angina
Jean Hyacinthe (1862–1950), French bacteriologist. Vincent was a researcher and later director at various French laboratories engaged in bacteriological and epidemiological research. In 1896 he described a fusiform bacillus and a spirochete which in association are the cause of hospital gangrene. These bacteria are called Vincent's organisms. Two years later he demonstrated that these two microorganisms are present in necrotizing ulcerative infections of the gums, tonsils, and throat; two forms of these infections are now known as Vincent's angina and acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis or Vincent's infection.
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