from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as cariosity.


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  • I would observe that the soundness of the teeth may be best secured, and, in consequence, much pain avoided, by cleaning them with a brush and cold water just before bed-time; and that, if the pain in the face should proceed from some other cause than that of cariousness in any tooth, I would dissuade patients from using those narcotic preparations so generally recommended and unfortunately adopted for tic-doloreux, and similar affections . . .

    --Rev. Samuel Fenton, 1841, The Excellent Properties of Salted Brandy as a most Efficacious Medicine and Sedative, p. 23

    January 15, 2011