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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [noh-muh]
    • /ˈnoʊ mə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [noh-muh]
    • /ˈnoʊ mə/

Definitions of noma word

  • noun plural noma a gangrenous ulceration of the mouth or genitalia, occurring mainly in debilitated children. 1
  • noun noma A form of gangrene affecting the face, usually caused by a bacterial infection and typically occurring in young children suffering from malnutrition or other disease. 1
  • noun noma a gangrenous inflammation of the mouth, esp one affecting malnourished children 0
  • noun noma a severe ulcerous condition of the mouth, occurring esp. in young children, as after debilitating disease, and usually resulting in gangrene 0

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Origin of noma

First appearance:

before 1825
One of the 37% newest English words
1825-35; < New Latin, Latin nomē a sore, ulcer < Greek nomḗ a feeding, grazing (akin to némein to feed, graze, consume)

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noma popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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