Definition of “caries” - English Dictionary


“caries” in English

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cariesnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkeə.riːz/ us /ˈker.iːz/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • Decay of the teeth, or caries, commences externally, appearing upon the enamel or bony structure of the teeth. 
  • Dental caries, or decay, is at first largely a chemical process and affects the tooth proper. 
  • The eating of sweets, and especially the sticky sweets—preserves and the like—was recognized as an important source of caries. 
  • The teeth are interesting in showing marked rotting or "caries," hitherto unknown in prehistoric skulls. 
  • Wild animals are not subject to caries or dental decay, as are man and domesticated animals. 

(Definition of “caries” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)