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something that keeps or maintains existence or continuity in another thing.
space maintainer an orthodontic appliance, fixed or removable, that maintains the space left by a prematurely lost tooth or space that will be filled by a tooth not yet erupted.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A device used to hold or keep teeth in a given position.
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In the context of fat fetishism, a person who is overweight or obese and plans to stay that way by “maintenance overeating”.
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A device used to hold or keep teeth in a given position.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Device used to hold or keep teeth in a given position.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about maintainer

Q. I have heard probiotics, how do we maintain them naturally? I have heard probiotics i.e. useful bacteria should be maintained in the human guts… do we maintain them naturally?

A. look, i heard several microbiologists tell the same thing. all those yogurts that try to give us bacteria we already have - are just bull #$&*. it just look good in commercials. the L. casai that they publish is a bacteria you have in a great amount in your mouth anyway, every time you swallow saliva - you get tons of them inside of you anyway. no need to buy expensive "supplements".

Q. how do u maintain your shape as par weight en diet? its bse am interested in knowing anything concerning my body.

A. maintain shape can be achieved only by doing sports through the diet. are you doing anything? 3 times a week is the least recommended and it will reshape you.
good luck!
and if you have more questions- don't be afraid to ask!

Q. Anyone know what my best option would be to maintain my fitness? hello all……….I have a problem…. I live in countryside and without proper roads to run on so I have to run on a dirt mix gravel road and now during winter we get a lot of snow. Both the condition makes my jogging very difficult and my legs pain lot. Anyone know what my best option would be to maintain my fitness?

A. I have a solution a very simple one. First have a good shoe for your summer to run on those dirty and gravel roads. During winter days if you run on snow it itself will make you endurance good and if you feel with some difficulty then try some time on a treadmill and get heated up and then run on the snow. Try this……….. All the best.

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*Notably, of the total calories burned, the amount burned in physical activity by weight-loss maintainers was significantly higher (180 kcal/day) compared with that in both individuals of normal body weight and individuals with overweight/obesity.
The commander's ability to build and preserve combat power in MDB will be enhanced by maintainers' mastery of TLM.
The number of soldier maintainers assigned to a unit is driven by its Modified Table of Organization and Equipment (MTOE).
On the basis of our experience with the cases described in this report as well as our in vitro model, we recommend the use of anterior chamber maintainer with a stable infusion rate during the surgical treatment of traumatic cataract with posterior capsular rupture only.
Intake of macronutrients was similar between groups with the exception of carbohydrate intake, which was greater in regainers compared with maintainers, F[123] = 5.065, P < 0.05.
The use of cytoplasmic male sterility system in developing hybrids in crops is possible only when effective maintainers and restorers are identified.
When the blade was settled to the deck, the look of surprise was replaced with relief when the maintainers realized that no one had been injured.
In the last stage (Failure handling) and upon the reception of a failure report, the manager selects the maintainer robot whose current location is the closest to the failure, and sends an order for this robot to handle the failure.
The literature reports many different types of appliances that can be used as fixed space maintainers including Band and loop appliance, crown and loop appliance, distal shoe appliance, Transpalatal arch, Nance palatal arch appliance, Lingual arch and Fixed wire composite space maintainers.7,10 In this paper, a simple and quick technique to fabricate a space maintainer for lost primary maxillary incisors is described.
Patient was recalled every 3 months for the evaluation of space maintainer and abutment teeth.
Air Force instructions require major commands (MAJCOM) to ensure OJT for 3-level aircraft maintainers upon arrival at their units from technical school.