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a dental eruption pattern that is chronologically late in comparison with the average pattern of dental eruption; eruption of the first tooth occurs at a later age than the average, and the intervals of time between subsequent dental eruptions are longer than the average.
The most common variation in the tooth eruption pattern. It may be due to crowding or to various genetic, endocrine, or physiological factors.
See also: eruption
de·lay·ed e·rup·tion(dĕ-lād ē-rŭpshŭn)
Dental eruption pattern chronologically later than normal; first tooth erupts at a later age than average, and intervals between subsequent dental eruptions are longer than average.