Definition of fluorosis in US English:



  • A chronic condition caused by excessive intake of fluorine compounds, marked by mottling of the teeth and, if severe, calcification of the ligaments.

    • ‘Excess fluoride can cause a condition called skeletal fluorosis.’
    • ‘Chronic excessive fluoride intake can result in fluorosis, an unaesthetic mottling of the teeth.’
    • ‘A long-known reason is dental fluorosis associated with excessive fluoride intake.’
    • ‘Experts, however, remain divided over epidemiological research that has suggested that water fluoridation might be linked to osteoporosis, dental fluorosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and other health problems.’
    • ‘None of the 199 children studied had evidence of fluorosis, using the tooth surface index of fluorosis.’