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Medical Term:

alveolar process of maxilla


Definition: the projecting ridge on the inferior surface of the body of the maxilla that contains the tooth sockets; the term is also applied to the superior aspect of the body of the mandible, containing the tooth sockets of the lower jaw.

Synonym(s): processus alveolaris maxillaeTA, alveolar body, alveolar bone1, alveolar border2, alveolar ridge, basal ridge1, dental process

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