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an appliance or device that keeps a tooth or partial denture in proper position.
matrix retainer a mechanical device that clamps the ends of a matrix band and tightens it around a tooth.
Tofflemire retainer a type of matrix retainer.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Any type of clasp, attachment, or device used for the fixation or stabilization of a prosthesis; an appliance used to prevent the shifting of teeth following orthodontic treatment.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Dentistry An appliance used to hold teeth in position after orthodontic treatment.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
retainerA term of art for a UK doctor who is on the “retainer scheme”, which allows doctors who are not otherwise employed to return part-time to NHS practice.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
Any type of clasp, attachment, or other device used to fix or stabilize a prosthesis; an appliance used to prevent the shifting of teeth following orthodontic treatment.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
An orthodontic appliance that is worn to stabilize teeth in a new position.
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Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. Any type of clasp, attachment, or device used to fixate or stabilize a prosthesis.
2. Appliance used to prevent shifting of teeth after orthodontic treatment.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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