Definitions

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

  • noun A severe, often gangrenous inflammation of the lips and cheek or of the female genitals that often occurs following an infectious disease and is found most often in children who are malnourished or have poor hygiene.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) See canker, n., 1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin nomē, ulcer, from Greek, pasturage, feeding, spreading (of a sore); see nem- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • He tries to find a genetic cause for the disease 'noma' (a rare gangrenous condition of the face and mouth), studies physical abnormalities and contagious diseases, conducts experiments with wounds, and attempts to change the colour of inmate's eyes to blue with injections of chemicals directly into the eyeball.

    Psycmeister's Ice Palace!

  • Swallowed up by her jacket, the petite Andrea whispers that she worked at noma.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • By October, she had secured a position as line cook at noma.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • By October, she had secured a position as line cook at noma.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • Located in a renovated warehouse on the docks in Copenhagen, noma had, by 2008, rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting restaurants in the world, thanks to the efforts of its talented, passionate young chef, René Redzepi.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • Located in a renovated warehouse on the docks in Copenhagen, noma had, by 2008, rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting restaurants in the world, thanks to the efforts of its talented, passionate young chef, René Redzepi.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • Swallowed up by her jacket, the petite Andrea whispers that she worked at noma.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • As the announcer reached the final two places on the list, a gasp went through the room: for the first time in four years, elBulli had fallen to second place, beat out of the top slot by noma.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • As the announcer reached the final two places on the list, a gasp went through the room: for the first time in four years, elBulli had fallen to second place, beat out of the top slot by noma.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • It is the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden and can be visited at noma. org.

    joyeux - French Word-A-Day

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