pyorrhea

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noun py·or·rhea \ˌpī-ə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of pyorrhea

  1. :  purulent inflammation of the sockets of the teeth leading usually to loosening of the teeth

Origin and Etymology of pyorrhea

New Latin


First Known Use: 1878


Medical Dictionary

pyorrhea

noun py·or·rhea
variants: or chiefly British

pyorrhoea

\ˌpī-ə-ˈrē-ə\play

Medical Definition of pyorrhea

  1. 1:  a discharge of pus

  2. 2:  an advanced form of chronic periodontitis marked especially by the discharge of pus from the alveoli—called also Riggs' disease


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