dry socket

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dry socket (uncountable)

  1. (dentistry) An inflammation, usually acutely painful, of the alveolar bone following extraction of a tooth.
    • 1942, "Vitamin B Relieves Pain After Tooth Extraction," The Science News-Letter, vol. 42, no. 6 (8 Aug.), p. 89,
      The severe pain of a "dry socket" after tooth extraction can be relieved by injections of vitamin B1 (thiamine hydrochloride) Dr. Joseph P. Osterloh, of San Francisco, reports.