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carious Line breaks: cari|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈkɛːrɪəs/

Definition of carious in English:


(Of bones or teeth) decayed.
Example sentences
  • Treatment includes an oral examination, cleaning, topical fluoride application, restoration of carious teeth, pulp therapy, and, when necessary, tooth extraction.
  • Practitioners were skilled in restoring carious teeth with gold and replacing missing teeth with false ones.
  • Discoloration of a single tooth is usually because the tooth is non-vital, heavily filled, or carious.


noun rare


Mid 16th century: from Latin cariosus (see caries).

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