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Pronunciation: dow'l


  1. A cast gold or preformed metal pin placed into a root canal for the purpose of providing retention for a crown.
  2. A preformed metal pin placed in a copper-plated die to provide a die stem.
  3. A pin or rod that aligns or joins two structures by fitting into holes in both of them; dowels of various materials are used in orthopaedic surgery and dentistry.

Synonym(s): dowel graft

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