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the basic structure about which something is formulated or built.
conceptual framework (theoretical framework) an organization or matrix of concepts that provides a focus for inquiry.
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2. In dentistry, the skeletal prosthesis (usually metal) around which and to which are attached the remaining portions of the prosthesis to produce the finished appliance (partial denture).
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A structure that supports or encloses something.
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In dentistry, skeletal prosthesis (usually metal) around which and to which are attached the remaining portions of the prosthesis to produce a partial denture.
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