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polishing

 [pol´ish-ing]
creation of a smooth and glossy finish on a surface, as of a tooth or denture.

pol·ish·ing

(pol'ish-ing),
In dentistry, the act or process of making a restoration smooth and glossy.

polishing

Etymology: L, polire, to make smooth
1 creation of a smooth and glossy finish on a surface, as of a tooth, dental restoration, or denture.
2 a tendency of patients with right temporal lobe lesions to deny dysphoric affect and minimize socially disapproved behavior while exaggerating other qualities.

pol·ish·ing

(pol'ish-ing)
In dentistry, the act or process of making a restoration smooth and glossy.

polishing 

The final stage in the surfacing process in which the lens is made smooth and provides regular (instead of random) transmission and specular (instead of diffuse) reflection. It is accomplished by rubbing the lens to and fro over a tool covered with felt cloth or plastic sheet or with pitch (which produces the best results) sprayed with water containing finely powdered cerium oxide or rouge. The curvatures of the lens remain unaltered in this procedure. Polishing of spectacle frames is referred to as buffing or mop polishing or barreling (if the polishing is done using a drum). See cerium oxide; rouge; smoothing; surfacing.

pol·ish·ing

(pol'ish-ing)
1. Cosmetic dental procedure to remove stains from enamel surfaces of teeth, a nonessential cosmetic procedure.
2. Act or process of making a dental restoration smoother and glossy.
Synonym(s): coronal polishing.

polishing

the final step in dental prophylaxis which smooths the tooth surface and delays the rate of new plaque adhesion. Carried out with a mechanical polisher, prophy cup and paste.