Meaning of pyorrhea


Pronunciation: (pī"u-rē'u), [key]
— n.
  1. a discharge of pus.
  2. Also calleda chronic form of periodontitis occurring in various degrees of severity, characterized in its severe forms by the formation of pus in the pockets between the roots of the teeth and their surrounding tissues, and frequently accompanied by the loosening and subsequent loss of the teeth.
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