zobakmens

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Latvian[edit]

Zobakmens

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Etymology[edit]

From zobu (teeth[gen.]) +‎ akmens (stone). Probably a calque of German Zahnstein.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zobakmens m (2nd declension)

  1. (medicine, anatomy) tartar, dental calculus (a hard, yellow deposit on the teeth)
    noņemt zobakmeni — to remove tartar
    ja regulāri netīra zobus, mīkstie nogulsnējumi pamazām piesūcas ar minerālvielām, kļūst iedzelteni, sacietē un pārvēršas zobakmenī — if one does not regularly cleans (one's) teeth, the soft deposits gradually absorb mineral salts and become yellowish, hardens and turns into tartar
    sevišķi aktīvi zobakmens veidojas, ja ir iekaisušas smaganastartar is formed particularly actively when the gums are inflamed

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