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Medical Term:

Hertwig sheath

Pronunciation: hert'vig

Definition

the merged outer and inner epithelial layers of the enamel organ that extend beyond the region of the anatomic crown and initiates formation of dentin in the root of a developing tooth; it atrophies as the root is formed, and any of the cells that persist are called Malassez epithelial rests.

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