from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease of the bark of orange-trees. See gummosis, 2.
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Some suspects: Chlamydia pneumoniae Causes respiratory illness; may also damage the arteriesPorphyromonas gingivalis People plagued by gum-disease bug have more coronariesCytomegalovirus Common herpes virus seems to exacerbate vascular conditionsA PRIMER ON VASCULAR DIEASEIt kills more Americans than all other illness, including cancer.
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