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Pronunciation: mum'i-fi-ka'shun


  1. Shrivelling of a dead, retained fetus.
  2. In dentistry, treatment of inflamed dental pulp with fixative drugs (usually formaldehyde derivatives) to retain teeth so treated for relatively short periods; generally acceptable only for primary (deciduous) teeth.

Synonym(s): dry gangrene

[mummy + L. facio, to make]

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