Definition of noma in English:

noma

Line breaks: noma
Pronunciation: /ˈnəʊmə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
  • A form of gangrene affecting the face, usually caused by a bacterial infection and typically occurring in young children suffering from malnutrition or other disease: she suffers from noma, a gangrenous disease
    More example sentences
    • In addition to the disease itself, isolation becomes the biggest problem of people suffering from Noma.
    • The facial reconstruction of a Noma victim is both complex and time consuming and requires very special skills.
    • The WHO has fearfully reported that Noma may be on the increase in various African countries.

Origin

late 17th century: Latin, alteration of nome 'ulcer', from Greek nomē, from nemein 'to feed'.

More definitions of noma

Definition of noma in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw