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beginning caries or decay.
One of the two distinct stages in the development of a carious dental lesion. The first stage is the incipient lesion, marked by the appearance of a white spot. Microscopic pores course through the enamel to the subsurface demineralization, where the main body of the lesion is located.
See also: caries
in·cip·i·ent car·ies(in-sipē-ĕnt karēz)
Beginning caries; initiating decay.