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trench mouth

Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, a severe bacterial infection of the gums, typically characterized by inflammation, bleeding, deep ulceration, necrotized tissue, pain, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, fatigue, and halitosis.

Etymology:

  • Probably coined during World War I when the disease was common among soldiers "in the trenches."
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