Definition: An alloy of an element or a metal with mercury. In dentistry, primarily of two types: silver-tin alloy, containing small amounts of copper, zinc and perhaps other metal;, and a second type containing more copper (12%–30% by weight); amalgams are used in restoring teeth and making dies.
[G. malagma, a soft mass]
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