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flap operation

flap operation in Medicine

flap operation n.

  1. See flap amputation.

  2. In dental surgery, the detachment of a portion of the mucoperiosteal tissues from an underlying bone or impacted tooth for better access and visibility in examining the area covered by the tissue.

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