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dam

 [dam]
1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water or other fluid.
dental dam rubber dam.
rubber dam a sheet of thin latex rubber used by dentists to isolate a tooth or teeth from the fluids of the mouth during dental treatment, held in place by a clamp and frame. Occasionally these are used in surgical procedures to isolate tissues or structures. Called also dam.
A well-sealed properly inverted rubber dam. From Darby and Walsh, 1994.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

DAM

Abbreviation for diacetylmonoxime.

Dam

(dahm),
C.P. Henrik, Danish biochemist and Nobel laureate, 1895-1976. See: Dam unit.

dam

(dam),
1. Any barrier to the flow of fluid.
2. In surgery and dentistry, a sheet of thin rubber arranged so as to shut off the operative site from the access of fluid.
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Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

dam 1

(dăm)
n.
A barrier against the passage of liquid or loose material, as a rubber sheet used in dentistry to isolate one or more teeth from the rest of the mouth.

dam′mer n.

dam 2

(dăm)
n.
A female parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal such as a horse.
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dam

(dam)
1. Any barrier to the flow of fluid.
2. surgery, dentistry A sheet of thin rubber arranged so as to shut off the part operated upon from the access of fluid.
[A.S. fordemman, to stop up]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

dam

(dam)
1. Any barrier to the flow of fluid.
2. In surgery and dentistry, sheet of thin rubber arranged to shut off operative site from the access of fluid.
[A.S. fordemman, to stop up]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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In this case, the breach formed near the contact of the masonry spillway and earth-fill dam (Fig.
This was manifested in growth of trees on the earth-fill dam, untended seepage problems on the dam and spillway, and poor maintenance of drains and other structures (ODNR Division of Water 1987).