Definition of caries in English:


Line breaks: car¦ies
Pronunciation: /ˈkɛːriːz


[mass noun]
  • Decay and crumbling of a tooth or bone.
    More example sentences
    • Untreated caries in primary teeth may lead to caries in permanent teeth and a possible loss of arch space.
    • There's quite a lot of literature that goes back even to the '40s on the association of the consumption of dairy products with low experience of tooth decay or dental caries.
    • Dental caries or sugar-bacterial tooth decay is largely preventable.


late 16th century: from Latin.

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