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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alveolitis, dry socket(noun)

    inflammation in the socket of a tooth; sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted and a blood clot fails to form


  1. dry socket(Noun)

    An inflammation, usually acutely painful, of the alveolar bone following extraction of a tooth.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Dry Socket

    A condition sometimes occurring after tooth extraction, particularly after traumatic extraction, resulting in a dry appearance of the exposed bone in the socket, due to disintegration or loss of the blood clot. It is basically a focal osteomyelitis without suppuration and is accompanied by severe pain (alveolalgia) and foul odor. (Dorland, 28th ed)


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