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1. a hollow fovea or indentation.
2. a pockmark.
3. to indent, or to become and remain for a few minutes indented, by pressure.
anal pit proctodeum.
auditory pit a distinct depression in each auditory placode, marking the beginning of the embryonic development of the internal ear.
lens pit a pitlike depression in the fetal head where the lens develops.
nasal pit (olfactory pit) a depression appearing in the olfactory placodes in the early stages of development of the nose.
pit of stomach the epigastric fossa or epigastric region.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Synonym(s): fovea
2. One of the pinhead-sized depressed scars that develop after the pustule of acne, chickenpox, or smallpox (pockmark).
3. A sharp-pointed depression in the enamel surface of a tooth, due to faulty or incomplete calcification or formed at the confluent point of two or more lobes of enamel.
4. To indent, as by pressure of the finger on the edematous skin; to become indented, said of the edematous tissues when pressure is applied with the fingertip.
[L. puteus]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. A natural hollow or depression in the body or an organ.
2. A small indented scar left in the skin by smallpox or other eruptive disease; a pockmark.
3. A sharp-pointed depression in the enamel surface of a tooth, caused by faulty or incomplete calcification or formed by the confluent point of two or more lobes of enamel.
1. To mark with cavities, depressions, or scars.
2. To retain an impression after being indented. Used of the skin.
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A gene on chromosome 1q32.3-q41 that encodes a member of the interferon regulatory transcription factor (IRF) family, which have diverse roles such as virus-mediated activation of interferons and modulation of cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis and immune system activity. IRF6 appears to be a transcription activator.

Molecular pathology
IRF6 mutations are linked to non-syndromic orofacial cleft type 6, popliteal pterygium syndrome and van der Woude syndrome.
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Medtalk A dell that remains transiently in edematous skin and subcutaneous tissue after firm fingertip pressure Obstetrics Pitocin, see there.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. Any natural depression on the surface of the body, such as the axilla (armpit).
Compare: dimple
2. Synonym(s): pockmark.
3. A depression in the enamel surface of a tooth due to faulty or incomplete calcification or formed at the confluent point of two or more lobes of enamel.
4. To indent, as by pressure of the finger on the edematous skin; to become indented, said of the edematous tissues when pressure is made with the fingertip.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


1. A tiny hollow or pocket. Synonym: depression; fossa
2. To be or become marked with a shallow depression; to cause a depression on pressure in edema.
3. A small depression in the enamel surface of a tooth often connected with one or more developmental grooves. It contributes to pit and fissure caries. Synonym: occlusal pit

anal pit


auditory pit

A pit that develops in the auditory placode.

costal pit

The inferior facet on the body of a thoracic vertebra. It articulates with the head of a rib.
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gastric pit

Any of many foveolae in the gastric mucosa into which the gastric glands open. See: illustration

lens pit

The depression on the skin of the embryonic head where the lens of the eye will develop.

nasal pit

In the embryo, one of two horseshoe-shaped depressions on the ventrolateral surface of the head bounded by lateral and median nasal processes. It gives rise to nostrils and a portion of the nasal fossa.
Synonym: olfactory pit

occlusal pit

Pit (3).

olfactory pit

Nasal pit.

optic pit

A small indentation of the optic nerve head. It may sometimes release fluid below the retina, which can cause central retinal detachment.

primitive pit

A minute depression at the anterior end of the primitive groove or streak and immediately posterior to the primitive knot.

pit of the stomach

1. Colloquial term for the depression at the end of the xiphoid process.
2. Colloquial term for the center of the abdominal region above the navel.
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners


a thin area of the cell wall in higher plants where no secondary wall develops. If two cells have pits in adjacent parts of the wall there are often fine protoplasmic connections called PLASMODESMATA between the cells. Sometimes pits have a more complex structure, as in the BORDERED PITS within the xylem of seed plants.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005


1. Sharp-pointed depression in enamel tooth surface, due to faulty or incomplete calcification or formed at confluent point of two or more lobes of enamel.
2. Synonym(s): fovea.
3. Pinhead-sized depressed scar that develops after pustule of acne, chickenpox, or smallpox (pockmark).
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about pit

Q. What are the dentists going to do if I have Pit and fissure caries? I look at my teeth and i see tiny black stuff on the fissures of my molars. I am so freakin scared. Are the dentists going to do something painful?

A. Well you will have to see a dentist if you want an answer on what kind of treatment they will offer you. Today dentists use good anesthesia so anything they will do is not supposed to be painful.

Q. tender protuding lymph node lump rt. arm pit aprox. 1/2" dia. any concerns or recommend treatment necessary?

A. lymph nodes can flare up any time you get infected in the armpit and all the area that it drains. i had it several times and it went away in the same manner that it came. i think that sometimes it caused because of a blockade done by deodorant. so i try to use this Chinese salt stone that doesn't contain aluminum.

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References in classic literature ?
The East Indian archipelago, the most broken land in the world, is in most parts an area of elevation, but surrounded and penetrated, probably in more lines than one, by narrow areas of subsidence.
Throughout the spaces interspersed with atolls, where not a single peak of high land has been left above the level of the sea, the sinking must have been immense in amount.
Lyell, even in the first edition of his "Principles of Geology," inferred that the amount of subsidence in the Pacific must have exceeded that of elevation, from the area of land being very small relatively to the agents there tending to form it, namely, the growth of coral and volcanic action.
Pretty soon--an' father by that time was in the hole to the neck--he was buyin' father's land by the hundred-an'-sixties.
'We was here first, an' owned the land. I can lick any Dago that ever hatched in the Azores.
He died with it stuck up, an' with more mortgages on the land he had left than you could shake a stick at.
"An' that is that this is no place for us, with land a thousan' an acre an' only twenty dollars in our pockets."
Consequently we have here everything favourable for much modification,--for far more modification than with the Alpine productions, left isolated, within a much more recent period, on the several mountain-ranges and on the arctic lands of the two Worlds.
These cases of relationship, without identity, of the inhabitants of seas now disjoined, and likewise of the past and present inhabitants of the temperate lands of North America and Europe, are inexplicable on the theory of creation.
Speaking during a panel discussion at the ongoing inaugural land symposium organised by the Botswana Association of Tribal Land Authorities (BATLA) in Gaborone on Monday, he said the land administrators should empower Batswana on the needs of the market for them to effectively use land, especially in the agricultural sector.
At the event, 97 people received the SLDB land titles and 437 individual customary land titles.