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odontoblast

Pronunciation: o-don'to-blast

Definition: One of the dentin-forming cells, derived from mesenchyme of neural crest origin, lining the pulp cavity of a tooth; odontoblasts are arranged in a peripheral layer in the dental pulp, each with an odontoblastic process extending part way into the dentinal tubules; the cells generally are columnar in the coronal pulp but are more cuboidal in the radicular area and adjacent to tertiary dentin.

[odonto- + G. blastos, sprout, germ]

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