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having caries, as teeth; decayed.
Historical Examples

From carious teeth may be isolated streptothrix, leptothrix, spirilla and fusiform bacilli.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4 Various

The indiscriminate use of viper broth is not proper at all times, or in all cases of carious bones.
A dissertation on the inutility of the amputation of limbs Johann Ulrich Bilguer

I have seen nothing in these carious forms which does not reveal the mechanical action of these waters.
Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

The remains of the ligaments were cut, flexion of the hand protruded the carious ends of radius and ulna.
A Manual of the Operations of Surgery Joseph Bell

Epithelioma sometimes originates in the gum in relation to a carious tooth or to an artificial tooth-plate.
Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities–Head–Neck. Sixth Edition. Alexander Miles

The eyes appeared red and suffused; a carious tooth was then extracted, which caused her to moan slightly.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847 Various

Clinically, carious bone yields a soft grating sensation under the pressure of the probe.
Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

His teeth became very brittle, and healthy as well as carious broke off from very slight causes.
Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth

A carious smile, almost a pitying smile, was hovering on her lips.
Verner’s Pride Mrs. Henry Wood

In cases with carious destruction of the articular surfaces there are starting pains, and the arm is shortened.
Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities–Head–Neck. Sixth Edition. Alexander Miles

(of teeth or bone) affected with caries; decayed

1670s, from French carieux (16c.), from Latin cariosus “full of decay,” from caries “rottenness, decay” (see caries).

carious car·i·ous (kâr’ē-əs)
Having caries; decayed.


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