pyorrhea

pyorrhea

[pahy-uh-ree-uh]
noun
1.
Pathology. a discharge of pus.
2.
Also called pyorrhea alveolaris [al-vee-uh-lar-is] , Riggs' disease. Dentistry. a chronic form of periodontitis occurring in various degrees of severity, characterized in its severe forms by the formation of pus in the pockets between the roots of the teeth and their surrounding tissues, and frequently accompanied by the loosening and subsequent loss of the teeth.
Also, pyorrhoea.


Origin:
1805–15; < Neo-Latin; see pyo-, -rhea

pyorrheal, pyorrheic, adjective
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pyorrhoea or pyorrhea (ˌpaɪəˈrɪə)
 
n
inflammation of the gums characterized by the discharge of pus and loosening of the teeth; periodontal disease
 
pyorrhea or pyorrhea
 
n
 
pyor'rhoeal or pyorrhea
 
adj
 
pyor'rhoeic or pyorrhea
 
adj
 
pyor'rheal or pyorrhea
 
adj
 
pyor'rheic or pyorrhea
 
adj

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pyorrhea py·or·rhe·a (pī'ə-rē'ə)
n.

  1. Purulent inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets, often leading to loosening of the teeth.

  2. A discharge of pus.

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