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Recurrent aphthous stomatitis

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recurrent aphthous stomatitis --> aphtha

(Science: dermatology) roundish pearl-coloured specks or flakes in the mouth, on the lips, etc, terminating in white sloughs, better known as thrush and the specks are called aphthae.

Synonym: thrush, candidiasis.

Origin: Sing. Of Aphthae. L, fr. Gr. (mostly in pl, Hipp) an eruption, thrush, fr. To set on fire, inflame.