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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: kon-for'mer


  1. A mold, usually of plastic material, used in surgical repair to maintain volume in a cavity or to prevent closing of a reconstructed artificial or natural space.
  2. a prion protein conformation; abnormal configuration of abnormal prion protein (conformers) can induce change in the secondary and tertiary structure of normal prion protein to generate additional amounts of the abnormal protein.

[L. conformo, to fashion]

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