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an eating away of surface tissue by physical or chemical processes, including those associated with inflammation. cervical e. an abnormal area of epithelium that may develop at the cervix of the uterus. See ectropion. dental e. loss of surface tooth substance, usually caused by repeated application of acid. It may result from excessive intake of fruit or carbonated drinks or acidic fruits or from regurgitation of acid from the stomach.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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