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1A small ulcer occurring in groups in the mouth or on the tongue.
sore, ulceration, open sore, abscess, boil, carbuncle, pustule, blister, cyst, gumboil, wenView synonyms
- ‘Herpetiform aphthae often appear in the back of the mouth, and usually heal within a month.’
- ‘There is considerable overlap between the various types of aphthae and more than one type can be present at one time.’
- ‘Recurrent aphthae constitute the most common oral mucosal disease and affects up to 25% of the population.’
- ‘Several conditions should be considered in the differential diagnosis when evaluating patients with recurrent aphthae.’
- ‘The cause of aphthae is still uncertain but hereditary factors are certainly significant with approximately 40% of people who get them having a family history of aphthae.’
- 1.1mass noun A condition in which aphthae occur.
- ‘Which food would you recommend for someone suffering from aptha?’
- ‘The preventive action against development of sores caused by a new denture or against aphtha is also effective.’
Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek, connected with haptein ‘set on fire’.
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