noma

noma

[noh-muh]
noun, plural nomas. Pathology.
a gangrenous ulceration of the mouth or genitalia, occurring mainly in debilitated children.

Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin, Latin nomē a sore, ulcer < Greek nomḗ a feeding, grazing (akin to némein to feed, graze, consume)

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noma (ˈnəʊmə)
 
n
a gangrenous inflammation of the mouth, esp one affecting malnourished children
 
[C19: New Latin, from Latin nomē ulcer, from Greek nomē feeding; related to Greek nemein to feed]

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noma no·ma (nō'mə)
n.
A severe, often gangrenous inflammation of the lips and cheek or of the female genitals that often occurs following an infectious disease and is found most often in children in poor hygienic or malnourished condition. Also called stomatonecrosis.

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