Vincent's infection


: a progressive painful disease of the mouth that is marked especially by dirty gray ulceration of the mucous membranes, bleeding of the gums, and a foul odor to the breath and that is associated with the presence of large numbers of a rod-shaped bacterium (Fusobacterium fusiforme synonym F. nucleatum) and a spirochete (Treponema vincentii synonym Borrelia vincentii) in the lesions

called also trench mouth

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Vincent's infection was circa 1922

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“Vincent's infection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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Vincent's infection


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