dental caries

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dental caries

n.
1. The formation of cavities in the teeth by the action of bacteria; tooth decay.
2. (used with a pl. verb) Cavities in the teeth formed by such action.
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den′tal car′ies


n.
decay in teeth caused by bacteria that form acids in the presence of sucrose, other sugars, and refined starches.
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Noun1.dental caries - soft decayed area in a toothdental caries - soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth
decay - the process of gradually becoming inferior
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