bite-wing

bitewing

[bahyt-wing]
noun Dentistry.
a holder for x-ray film with a projecting fin that is held between the teeth so as to show the crowns of the upper and lower teeth in one picture.

Origin:
1935–40; bite + wing

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bitewing bite·wing (bīt'wĭng')
n.
A dental x-ray film having a central projection on which the teeth can close, holding it in position for the radiographic imagery of several upper and lower teeth simultaneously.

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