noma

noun
no·​ma | \ ˈnō-mə How to pronounce noma (audio) \

Definition of noma

: a spreading invasive gangrene chiefly of the lining of the cheek and lips that is usually fatal and occurs most often in persons severely debilitated by disease or profound nutritional deficiency

First Known Use of noma

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for noma

New Latin, from Greek nomē, from nemein to spread (of an ulcer), literally, to graze, pasture — more at nimble

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“Noma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noma. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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noma

noun
no·​ma | \ ˈnō-mə How to pronounce noma (audio) \

Medical Definition of noma

: a spreading invasive gangrene chiefly of the lining of the cheek and lips that is usually fatal and occurs most often in persons severely debilitated by disease or profound nutritional deficiency — see cancrum oris

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