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Medical Term:

dental papilla


Definition: a projection of the mesenchymal tissue of the developing jaw into the cup of the enamel organ; its outer layer becomes a layer of specialized columnar cells, the odontoblasts, that form the dentin of the tooth.

Synonym(s): papilla dentisTA, dentinal papilla

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