from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A severe, often gangrenous inflammation of the mouth or genitals, occurring usually after an infectious disease and found most often in children in poor hygienic or malnourished condition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gangrenous disease leading to tissue destruction of the face, especially the mouth and cheek.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See canker, n., 1.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In medicine, a gangrenous ulceration of the mouth or of the pudendal labia in children; when affecting the mouth, called also gangrenous stomatitis, or cancrum oris. Also nome.

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

  • n. acute ulceration of the mucous membranes of the mouth or genitals; often seen in undernourished children


Latin nomē, ulcer, from Greek, pasturage, feeding, spreading (of a sore); see nem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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