oxytalan

oxytalan

 [ok-sit´ah-lan]
a connective tissue fiber found in the periodontal membrane.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ox·yt·a·lan

(ok-sit'ă-lan),
A type of connective tissue fiber representing an early stage in the formation of elastin fibers and found throughout the body, particularly in the periodontal ligament and gingivae.
[G. oxys, acid, + talas, suffering, resisting; coined term probably intended to mean "resistant to acid hydrolysis"]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

ox·y·ta·lan

(ok-sit'ă-lan)
A type of connective tissue fiber found in the periodontal ligaments of a number of animals having the same ultrastructural features as immature elastin, i.e., microfilaments without the elastin.
[G. oxys, acid, + talas, suffering, resisting; coined term probably intended to mean "resistant to acid hydrolysis"]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
The reasons for considering periodontal ligament origin include excessive occurrence of POF in the gingival interdental papilla, the proximity of the gingiva to periodontal ligament, the presence of oxytalan fibers within the mineralized matrix of lesion and the fibro-cellular response in periodontal ligament.
Boudier explained that deterioration of oxytalan fibers begins at 30-40 years of age and gradually disappears under the dermal epidermal junction.
Our study involved 8 clinically diagnosed patients who all showed major disarray of skin elastic networks with rarefaction and destruction of oxytalan and elaunin fibers with scarcity of mature elastic fibers [Dridi et al., 1999; Ghomrasseni, 2001].
The evidence for its odontogenic origin is circumstantial, being based partly on the demonstration of oxytalan fibers within its calcified structures and its exclusive occurrence on gingiva.