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bacterial plaque

 

Definition: in dentistry, a mass of filamentous microorganisms and a large variety of smaller forms attached to the surface of a tooth that, depending on bacterial activity and environmental factors, may give rise to caries, calculus, or inflammatory changes in adjacent tissue.

Synonym(s): dental plaque2, mucous plaque, mucinous plaque

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