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detritus

 [de-tri´tus]
particulate matter produced by or remaining after the wearing away or disintegration of a substance or tissue.

de·tri·tus

(dē-trī'tŭs), Avoid the mispronunciation det'ritus.
Any broken-down material, carious or gangrenous matter, gravel, etc.
[L. (see detrition)]

detritus

/de·tri·tus/ (de-tri´tus) particulate matter produced by or remaining after the wearing away or disintegration of a substance or tissue.

de·tri·tus

(dĕ-trī'tŭs)
Any broken-down material, carious or gangrenous matter, or gravel.

detritus

any organic debris.

de·tri·tus

(dĕ-trī'tŭs)
Any broken-down material, carious or gangrenous matter, or gravel.

detritus (det´ritus),

n the fragments or scraps that cling to teeth, gingival tissues or other oral surfaces.

detritus

particulate matter produced by or remaining after the wearing away or disintegration of a substance or tissue.

detritus cysts
occur in arthritis where there is hemorrhage and necrotic bone.
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The policies being enacted today, like the Patriot Act, are the detritus of what they failed to enact yesterday, opportunistically passed in a moment of crisis.
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