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pitting

Pronunciation: pit'ing

Definition: In dentistry, the formation of well defined, relatively deep depressions in a surface, usually used in describing defects in surfaces (often golds, solder joints, or amalgam). It may arise from a variety of causes, although the clinical occurrence is often associated with corrosion.

See Also: pitting edema, nail pits, under pit

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