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pyorrhea

[pahy-uh-ree-uh] /ˌpaɪ əˈri ə/
noun
1.
Pathology. a discharge of pus.
2.
Also called pyorrhea alveolaris
[al-vee-uh-lar-is] /ælˌvi əˈlær ɪs/ (Show IPA),
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
1805-1815
1805-15; < New Latin; see pyo-, -rhea
Related forms
pyorrheal, pyorrheic, adjective
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pyorrheal in Medicine

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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