Definition of pyorrhea in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpīəˈrēə/
(also pyorrhea alveolaris , British pyorrhoea)


Another term for periodontitis.
Example sentences
  • In the past periodontal disease was known as pyorrhoea.
  • One patient with a history of bowel irregularity was suffering from pyorrhea.


Early 19th century: from Greek puo- (from puon 'pus') + rhoia 'flux' (from rhein 'to flow').

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Syllabification: py·or·rhe·a

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