PERIODONTIA

periodontium

[per-ee-uh-don-shuhm, -shee-uhm]
noun, plural periodontia [per-ee-uh-don-shuh, -shee-uh] .
the bone, connective tissue, and gum surrounding and supporting a tooth.


Origin:
1955–60; < Neo-Latin; see peri-, -odont, -ium

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periodontium per·i·o·don·ti·um (pěr'ē-ə-dŏn'shē-əm)
n. pl. per·i·o·don·ti·a (-shē-ə, -shə)
The tissues that surround and support the teeth, including the gums, cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar and supporting bone. Also called alveolodental membrane, peridental membrane.

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