centric jaw relation


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cen·tric jaw re·la·tion

, centric relation
1. the most retruded physiologic relation of the mandible to the maxillae to and from which the individual can make lateral movements; it is a condition that can exist at various degrees of jaw separation, and it occurs around the terminal hinge axis;
See also: eccentric relation.
2. the most posterior relation of the mandible to the maxillae at the established vertical relation
See also: eccentric relation.

cen·tric jaw re·la·tion

(sentrik jaw rĕ-lāshŭn)
Position of the mandible with respect to the maxilla where the condyles articulate with the thinnest portion of the disc and are positioned in the most anterosuperior part of the temporal fossa. This position is typically used as a reproducible jaw position by the clinician when such a position cannot be determined by the intercuspation of teeth.
See also: eccentric relationship
Synonym(s): median retruded relation.