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periodontitis

[per-ee-oh-don-tahy-tis] /ˌpɛr i oʊ dɒnˈtaɪ tɪs/
noun, Dentistry.
1.
inflammation of the periodontium caused by bacteria that infect the roots of teeth and the surrounding gum crevices, producing bleeding, pus formation, and gradual loss of bone and the tissues that support the teeth.
Compare pyorrhea (def 2).
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; periodont(ium) + -itis
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Word Origin and History for periodontitis
n.

1842; see periodontal + -itis.

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periodontitis in Medicine

periodontitis per·i·o·don·ti·tis (pěr'ē-ō'dŏn-tī'tĭs)
n.
Disease of the periodontium characterized by inflammation of the gums, resorption of the alveolar bone, and degeneration of the periodontal membrane.

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