cariogenic

adjective
car·​i·​o·​gen·​ic | \ ˌker-ē-ə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce cariogenic (audio) , -ˈjē- \

Definition of cariogenic

: producing or promoting the development of tooth decay cariogenic foods

First Known Use of cariogenic

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cariogenic

caries + -o- + -genic

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cariogenic

Time Traveler for cariogenic

Time Traveler

The first known use of cariogenic was in 1930

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cariogenic

Cite this Entry

“Cariogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cariogenic. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cariogenic

cariogenic

adjective
car·​io·​gen·​ic | \ ˌkar-ē-ō-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce cariogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cariogenic

: producing or promoting the development of tooth decay cariogenic foods cariogenic bacteria

More from Merriam-Webster on cariogenic

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cariogenic

Comments on cariogenic

What made you want to look up cariogenic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!