caries, cario- +
(Latin: decay, rottenness)
2. A molecular death of bone or teeth, corresponding to ulceration in the soft tissues.
If the decay progresses, the surrounding tissue becomes inflamed and an abscess forms; such as, chronic abscess, tuberculosis, and bacterial invasion of teeth.
In caries, the bone disintegrates by pieces, whereas in necrosis, large masses of bone are involved.
2. The process or mechanism of producing caries.
2. Producing caries; usually, said of diets.
2. Having pits or perforations.