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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: mas'tik


A resinous exudate from Pistacia lentiscus (family Anacardiaceae), a small tree of the Mediterranean; used in chewing gum, as an enteric coating, and as a temporary filling material in dentistry.

Synonym(s): mastich, mastiche

[G. mastiche, the resin of the mastich tree]

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