dental caries(redirected from Carious lesion)
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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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decay in teeth caused by bacteria that form acids in the presence of sucrose, other sugars, and refined starches.
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