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Pronunciation: di'a-tor'ik


  1. The vertical cylindric aperture formed in the base of artificial porcelain teeth and extending into the body of the tooth, serving as a mechanical means of attaching the tooth to the denture base.
  2. Denoting teeth that contain a diatoric.

[G. diatoros, pierced]

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