trench-mouth

trench mouth


Origin:
1915–20; so called from its high incidence among soldiers in the trenches

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trench mouth
 
n
a bacterial ulcerative disease characterized by inflammation of the tonsils, gums, etc
 
[C20: so called because it was prevalent in soldiers in the Trenches during World War I]

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trench mouth n.
An acute, sometimes recurrent lesion of the mouth, gums, and throat often associated with fusiform bacilli and spirochetes, marked by ulceration and necrosis of the gum margin, destruction of the interdental papillae, and foul breath. Also called acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, fusospirillary gingivitis, fusospirochetal gingivitis, necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, ulceromembranous gingivitis, Vincent's angina, Vincent's disease.

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