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Is the "carious" in the following a typo of "various"?
To make complex three-dimensional images, points are chosen to define carious shapes, essentially breaking them into polygons.
But the word 'carious' (≈rotten, decayed) does exist. It's rarely used though.
It would be a French speaker who liked it. For an English dentist, a tooth is decayed; but for a French one it's cariť. The only related English
word I can think of in (relatively) common use is 'carrion' - but maybe that's just meat (as in French chair, and the Latin familiar (to some) in the expression verbum caro factus est) rather than decayed meat....
Nurse, he's out of bed again.
PS - 'carrion' is just meat (although it'll often in practice be decaying) http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?...wed_in_frame=0
Last edited by BobK; 06-Jan-2012 at 11:47.
Some people may know that the fancy term for tooth decay is "dental caries."