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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: fes-tun'


  1. A carving in the base material of a denture that simulates the contours of the natural tissue that is being replaced by the denture.
  2. A distinguishing characteristic of certain hard tick species, consisting of small rectangular areas separated by grooves along the posterior margin of the dorsum of both males and females.

[thr. Fr. fr. L. festum, festival, hence festive decorations]

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