One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Herpetiform aphthae often appear in the back of the mouth, and usually heal within a month.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A condition in which aphthae occur.
- ‘The preventive action against development of sores caused by a new denture or against aphtha is also effective.’
- ‘Which food would you recommend for someone suffering from aptha?’
Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek, connected with haptein ‘set on fire’.
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