A purulent discharge. [pyo- + G. rhoia, a flow]

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py·or·rhea or chiefly Brit py·or·rhoea .pī-ə-'rē-ə n
1) a discharge of pus
2) an inflammatory condition of the periodontium that is an advanced form of periodontal disease associated esp. with a discharge of pus from the alveoli and loosening of the teeth in their sockets called also Riggs' disease

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py·or·rhea (pi″o-reґə) [pyo- + -rrhea] 1. periodontitis (def. 1). 2. marginal periodontitis.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • pyorrhea — or pyorrhoea [pī΄ə rē′ə] n. [ModL: see PYO & RRHEA] 1. a discharge of pus 2. short for PYORRHEA ALVEOLARIS pyorrheal adj. pyorrhoeal …   English World dictionary

  • pyorrhea — Synonyms and related words: adenoiditis, adrenitis, appendicitis, arteritis, arthritis deformans, arthritis fungosa, arthritis pauperum, atrophic arthritis, atrophic inflammation, blennorrhagic arthritis, brain fever, bronchitis, bunion, bursitis …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pyorrhea — pyorrheal, pyorrheic, adj. /puy euh ree euh/, n. 1. Pathol. a discharge of pus. 2. Also called pyorrhea alveolaris /al vee euh lar is/, Riggs disease. Dentistry. a chronic form of periodontitis occurring in various degrees of severity,… …   Universalium

  • pyorrhea —    Broadly, any discharge of pus, but usually referring to periodontitis or Pyorrhea alveolaris, with inflammatory and degenerative conditions in the gums, jaw bone and cementum. There may be alveolar bone resorption, teeth loss and receding gums …   Herbal-medical glossary

  • pyorrhea —   Waina.    ♦ Medicine for pyorrhea, kuakala …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • pyorrhea — noun 1. discharge of pus • Syn: ↑pyorrhoea • Hypernyms: ↑pathology 2. chronic periodontitis; purulent inflammation of the teeth sockets • Syn: ↑pyorrhoea, ↑pyorrhea alveolaris, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pyorrhea — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1878 purulent inflammation of the sockets of the teeth leading usually to loosening of the teeth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pyorrhea — noun a) An inflammation of the gums in which the teeth become loose; chronic periodontitis b) A discharge of pus …   Wiktionary

  • pyorrhea —  Infection of the gums, more formally called periodontal disease …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • pyorrhea — paɪ rɪə n. discharge of pus, secretion of greenish white fluid from an infected area …   English contemporary dictionary

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