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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: des'mo-den'te-um


The collagen fibers, running from the cementum to the alveolar bone, that suspend a tooth in its socket; they include apical, oblique, horizontal, and alveolar crest fibers, indicating that the orientation of the fibers varies at different levels.

Synonym(s): desmodontiumTA, periodontal fiber, periodontal ligament fibers

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