from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A painful inflamed condition at the site of extraction of a tooth that occurs when a blood clot fails to form properly or is dislodged.

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  • noun dentistry An inflammation, usually acutely painful, of the alveolar bone following extraction of a tooth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun inflammation in the socket of a tooth; sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted and a blood clot fails to form


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