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Pronunciation: bīt


  1. To incise or seize with the teeth.
  2. The act of incision or seizure with the teeth.
  3. A morsel of food held between the teeth.
  4. Term used to denote the amount of pressure developed in closing the jaws.
  5. Undesirable jargon for terms such as interocclusal record, maxillomandibular registration, denture space, and interarch distance.
  6. A wound or puncture of the skin made by animal or insect.

[A.S. bītan]

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