caries

noun
car·​ies | \ ˈker-ēz How to pronounce caries (audio) \
plural caries

Definition of caries

: a progressive destruction of bone or tooth especially : tooth decay

Examples of caries in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dentistry dates as far back as 5,000 B.C. when people in India, Egypt, Japan and China thought dental caries were a result of a tooth worm. Staff Reports, The Mercury News, "Saratoga: Painless Parker and the History of Dentistry opens," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of caries

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caries

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

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“Caries.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caries. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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caries

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caries

technical : tooth decay

caries

noun
car·​ies | \ ˈker-ēz How to pronounce caries (audio) \
plural caries

Kids Definition of caries

: a decayed condition of a tooth or teeth

caries

noun
car·​ies | \ ˈka(ə)r-ēz, ˈke(ə)r- How to pronounce caries (audio) \
plural caries

Medical Definition of caries

: a progressive destruction of bone or tooth especially : tooth decay

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