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Pronunciation: ang′kōr-ij


  1. Operative fixation of loose or prolapsed abdominal or pelvic organs.
  2. The part to which anything is fastened. In dentistry, a tooth or an implanted tooth substitute with which a fixed or removable partial denture, crown, or restoration is retained.
  3. The nature and degree of resistance to displacement offered by an anatomic unit when used for the purpose of effecting tooth movement.

[L. ancora, fr. G. ankyra, anchor]

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