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Medical Term:

Hawley retainer

Pronunciation: haw'le

Definition: a removable wire and acrylic palatal appliance used to retain or stabilize the teeth in their new position following orthodontic tooth movement; with modifications it can be used to move teeth as an active orthodontic appliance.

Synonym(s): Hawley appliance

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