trench mouth


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trench mouth

n.
A painful infection of the gums, oral mucosa, and throat marked by ulcerative lesions and foul breath and caused by anaerobic fusiform bacteria, such as Bacillus fusiformis, in combination with spirochetes, especially Borrelia vincentii. Also called Vincent's angina.

[From its occurrence in soldiers in trenches.]

trench mouth

n
(Pathology) 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]

trench′ mouth`


n.
an acute ulcerating infection of the gums and throat, caused by a combination of bacilli and spirochetes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trench mouth - an acute communicable infection of the respiratory tract and mouth marked by ulceration of the mucous membrane
contagion, contagious disease - any disease easily transmitted by contact
angina - any disease of the throat or fauces marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocative pain
Translations

trench mouth

n gingivitis ulcerativa necrotizante aguda
References in periodicals archive ?
Richard the Lionhearted suffered from Borrelia vincenti, better known as Trench mouth, while fighting in the Holy Land.
At other moments Siegfried's bitterly truthful diaries, which reveal the sickening transition from indifference to hatred in one's mental attitude to the Germans, also reveal a hideous world of murderous mud, trench mouth, wretched discomfort in the lice-ridden trench sleeping areas, blood, maimed bodies which became an everyday occurrence and a kind of guilty homesickness.
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