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Pronunciation: ok-sit'a-lan

Definition: A type of connective tissue fiber representing an early stage in the formation of elastin fibers and found throughout the body, particularly in the periodontal ligament and gingivae.

[G. oxys, acid, + talas, suffering, resisting; coined term probably intended to mean “resistant to acid hydrolysis”]

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