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1. a lateral periodontal abscess associated with the lingual surface of a maxillary tooth;
2. an alveolar abscess that has eroded the cortical plate, allowing extension into the palatal soft tissues.
An abscess in a maxillary tooth, erupting toward the palate.
See also: abscess
pal·a·tal ab·scess(pală-tăl abses)
1. Lateral periodontal abscess associated with lingual surface of a maxillary tooth.
2. Alveolar abscess that has eroded cortical plate, allowing extension into palatal soft tissues.