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approximal surface of tooth


Definition: the surface of a tooth that faces an adjacent tooth in the dental arch; the contact surface that is closest to the anterior midline of the dental arch is the mesial surface of a tooth; that farthest is the distal surface.

Synonym(s): facies approximalis dentisTA, interproximal surface of tooth, contact surface of tooth, facies contactus dentis

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