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1. a lid or covering.
2. the folds of pallium from the frontal, parietal, and temporal lobes of the cerebrum overlying the insula. adj., adj oper´cular.
dental operculum the hood of gingival tissue overlying the crown of an erupting tooth.
trophoblastic operculum the plug of trophoblast that helps close the gap in the endometrium made by the implanting blastocyst.
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The soft tissue overlying the crown of a partially erupted tooth.
See also: operculum
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