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- Having caries; decayed.
1806 March 10, Fisher Ames, “Letter to Thomas Pickering”, in Works of Fisher Ames, compiled by a number of his friends, published 1809, page 512:
- It is not the skin that festers — our very bones are carious, and their marrow blackens with gangrene.
- 1840 William Percivall, Hippopathology: a treatise on the disorders and lameness of the horse
- My father's museum contained several preparations of carious teeth.