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Pronunciation: fur


  1. The coat of soft, fine hair of some mammals.
  2. A layer of epithelial debris and fungal elements on the dorsum of the tongue. It is related more to neglected oral hygiene than to an underlying disease process.

[M.E. furre, fr. O.Fr., fr. Germanic]

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