caries

[kair-eez, -ee-eez]

Origin:
1625–35; < Latin cariēs decay

caries, carries.
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Carie

[kar-ee]
noun
a female given name, form of Caroline.
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caries (ˈkɛəriːz)
 
n , pl -ies
progressive decay of a bone or a tooth
 
[C17: from Latin: decay; related to Greek kēr death]

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caries
from L. caries "rottenness, decay."
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caries car·ies (kâr'ēz)
n. pl. caries
Decay of a bone or tooth, especially dental caries.

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caries   (kâr'ēz)  Pronunciation Key 


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Plural caries
Decay of a bone or tooth. Dental plaque formed by bacteria initiates a progressive process of decay that, if left unchecked, leads to tooth loss.
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Example sentences
We already fluoridate the water to prevent dental caries.
Prompt treatment of dental caries reduces the risk of tooth abscess.
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