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acrodont

Overview page. Subjects: Dentistry — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

Having tooth attachment in which the teeth are fused (ankylosed) to the jaw bone, rather than being located in sockets within the bone. It is common in reptiles and fish.

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bunodont

Overview page. Subjects: Dentistry — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

Applied to teeth in which the cusps are rounded.

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bunolophodont

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Dentistry.

Applied to teeth in which the cusps are rounded and are linked by ridges (lophs).

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copolymer

Overview page. Subjects: Genetics and Genomics — Dentistry.

A polymer resulting from the polymerization reaction of two or more chemically different monomers. They are used to improve the flow of resins. See also resin composite.

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deglutition

Overview page. Subjects: Dentistry — Biological Sciences.

A reflex action initiated by the presence of food in the pharynx. During deglutition, the soft palate is raised, which prevents food from entering the nasal cavity; the epiglottis closes,...

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dehiscence

Overview page. Subjects: Dentistry — Biological Sciences.

A defect shaped in the form of a fissure. It can occur as a cleft-like defect in the cortical bone of the jaw exposing the tooth root, particularly in the anterior region.

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diastema

Overview page. Subjects: Biological Sciences — Dentistry.

A naturally occurring (i.e. not resulting from the removal of a tooth) gap in the tooth row, most commonly between the incisors and first premolar.

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diprotodont

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Dentistry.

In Marsupialia, applied to the condition in which the first incisor teeth are enlarged.

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ectopic

Overview page. Subjects: Genetics and Genomics — Dentistry.

Occurring outside the normal anatomical location, e.g. an ectopic pregnancy is the development of an embryo outside the womb. The most commonly found ectopic teeth are mandibular first and...

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exocytosis

Overview page. Subjects: Biological Sciences — Dentistry.

Process by which material is released from a cell by the fusion of a vesicle (an exocytotic vesicle) with the plasma membrane; effectively the reverse of phagocytosis.

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