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Borrowed from Latin caementum.


cementum (uncountable)

  1. (anatomy, dentistry) A bony substance that covers the root of a tooth; cement.
    • 2005, Herbert F. Wolf, Klaus H. Rateitschak, Periodontology, page 14,
      From a purely anatomic standpoint, root cementum is part of the tooth, but also part of the periodontium.
    • 2007, Ermanno Bonucci, Biological Calcification: Normal and Pathological Processes in the Early Stages[1], page 245:
      Cementum is the least known calcified tissue in vertebrates (Bosshardt and Schroeder 1996) and several questions about cementogenesis have not yet been answered.
    • 2007, Pieter Johannes Slootweg, Dental Pathology: A Practical Introduction[2], page 8:
      Whether epithelial cells from Hertwig's sheath contribute to initial cementum formation is controversial as has already been discussed in Chap. 1.

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