fluo·​ro·​sis | \ flu̇-ˈrō-səs , flȯ-\

Definition of fluorosis

: an abnormal condition (such as mottling of the teeth) caused by fluorine or its compounds

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Other Words from fluorosis

fluorotic \ flu̇-​ˈrä-​tik , flȯ-​ \ adjective

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However, overdoing it on the fluoride at an early age can also cause a condition called dental fluorosis, or when the teeth undermineralize. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kids Are Probably Using Too Much Toothpaste, And It’s Hurting Their Teeth," 6 Feb. 2019 Too much fluoride can also cause discoloration and pitting, a condition known as dental fluorosis, the CDC says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste and It's Actually a Problem," 5 Feb. 2019 Dental fluorosis can vary in severity from mild tooth discoloration to severe staining, enamel erosion and pitting. OregonLive.com, "Fluoride in water: When it helps vs. when it harms," 14 Dec. 2017 In worst case scenarios, skeletal fluorosis can lead to crippling deformities of the spine and joints. OregonLive.com, "Fluoride in water: When it helps vs. when it harms," 14 Dec. 2017 Chronic excessive intake of fluoride can lead to discoloration of teeth and skeletal fluorosis, a condition that results in extreme joint and skeletal pain. Nadia Kounang, CNN, "Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fluorosis

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fluorosis

New Latin

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flu·​o·​ro·​sis | \ ˌflu̇(-ə)r-ˈō-səs \

Medical Definition of fluorosis

: an abnormal condition (as mottled enamel of human teeth) caused by fluorine or its compounds

Other Words from fluorosis

fluorotic \ -​ˈät-​ik \ adjective

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