betel quid

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A mixture of betel leaves (from the spice plant Piper betle), mineral lime (calcium oxide), and the areca nut chewed as a stimulant, antiseptic, and mouth freshener. It may also be mixed with tobacco. It is used extensively in south-east Asia and is associated with a substantial risk of submucous fibrosis and oral cancer.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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