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A severe, often gangrenous inflammation of the lips and cheek or of the female genitals that often occurs following an infectious disease and is found most often in children who are malnourished or have poor hygiene.
(Pathology) a gangrenous inflammation of the mouth, esp one affecting malnourished children
[C19: New Latin, from Latin nomē ulcer, from Greek nomē feeding; related to Greek nemein to feed]
n., pl. -mas.
a gangrenous ulceration of the mouth or genitalia, occurring mainly in debilitated children.
[1825–35; < New Latin < Greek nomḗ literally, spreading (of sores), akin to némein to feed, graze]
n. noma, úlcera, estomatitis gangrenosa en la cara interna de la mejilla.