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Pronunciation: pok'et


  1. A cul-de-sac or pouchlike cavity.
  2. A diseased gingival attachment; a space between the inflamed gum and the surface of a tooth, limited apically by an epithelial attachment.
  3. To enclose within a confined space, as the stump of the pedicle of an ovarian or other abdominal tumor between the lips of the external wound.
  4. A collection of pus in a nearly closed sac.
  5. To approach the surface at a localized spot, as with the thinned-out wall of an abscess that is about to rupture.

[Fr. pochette]

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