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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: pas-iv'i-te


  1. Of a metal, the condition of having formed a protective oxide coating; rustless metals and aluminum become passive in air.
  2. In dentistry, the quality or condition of inactivity or rest assumed by the teeth, tissues, and denture when a removable partial denture is in place but not under masticatory pressure.
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