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periodontal Tweet Definition of periodontal Like Definition of periodontal on Facebook
adjective
  1. surrounding a tooth
  2. of, or relating to periodontics
periodontics Tweet Definition of periodontics Like Definition of periodontics on Facebook
noun
  1. The branch of dentistry that deals with the care and treatment of the gums
pivot Tweet Definition of pivot Like Definition of pivot on Facebook
noun
  1. A is that on which something turns; specifically a metal pointed pin or short shaft in machinery, such as the end of an axle or spindle.
  2. Act of turning on one foot.
verb (pivots, pivoting, pivoted, pivoted)
  1. (intransitive) To turn on an exact spot.
plaque Tweet Definition of plaque Like Definition of plaque on Facebook
noun
  1. Any flat, thin piece of metal, clay, ivory, or the like, used for ornament, or for painting pictures upon, as a slab, plate, dish, or the like, hung upon a wall; also, a smaller decoration worn on the person, as a brooch.
  2. an accumulation of bacteria on teeth
  3. (medicine) an accumulation of fat, usually cholesterol, in blood vessels
  4. (biology) a clearing in a bacteria, bacterial lawn caused by a virus
premolar Tweet Definition of premolar Like Definition of premolar on Facebook
noun
  1. A tooth situated in front of the molar teeth; especially a tooth in humans with two cusps which is between the canines and the molars.
prophylaxis Tweet Definition of prophylaxis Like Definition of prophylaxis on Facebook
noun (prophylax, es)
  1. (medicine) prevention, Prevention of, or protective treatment for disease.
pulp Tweet Definition of pulp Like Definition of pulp on Facebook
noun
  1. A soft moist mass, especially of pressed vegetable matter
  2. The soft center of a fruit
  3. The soft center of a tooth
  4. A mixture of wood, cellulose and/or rags and water ground up to make paper.
  5. Mass of chemically processed wood fibres (cellulose).
  6. A lurid style of writing or publication
verb
  1. To make, or be made into
pyorrhea Tweet Definition of pyorrhea Like Definition of pyorrhea on Facebook
noun
  1. An inflammation of the gums in which the teeth become loose; chronic periodontitis
  2. A discharge of pus

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