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Pronunciation: bern′owt


  1. In dentistry, the elimination, by heat, of an invested pattern from a set investment to prepare the mold to receive casting metal.
  2. A psychological state of physical and emotional exhaustion thought to be a stress reaction to a reduced ability to meet the demands of one's occupation; symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, impaired work performance, and an increased suscepibility to physical illness and substance abuse.

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