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ameloblastoma

Pronunciation: am′ĕ-lō-blas-tō′mă

Definition: A benign odontogenic epithelial neoplasm that histologically mimics the embryonal enamel organ but does not differentiate from it to the point of forming dental hard tissues; it behaves as a slowly growing expansile radiolucent tumor, occurs most commonly in the posterior regions of the mandible and tends to recur if inadequately excised.

[ameloblast + G. -oma, tumor]

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