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1. a barrier to obstruct the flow of water or other fluid.
2. rubber dam.
dental dam rubber dam.
rubber dam a sheet of thin latex rubber used by dentists to isolate a tooth or teeth from the fluids of the mouth during dental treatment, held in place by a clamp and frame. Occasionally these are used in surgical procedures to isolate tissues or structures. Called also dam.
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. in surgery, thin strips of rubber used as a surgical drain or barrier;
2. a thin sheet of rubber with holes that is placed over teeth to isolate them from the oral cavity.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Sexology Dental dams may be used for safe sexual practices, placed over the vulva or anus during cunnilingus and analingus to protect against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
rubber damDental dam A sheet of latex rubber punctuated with holes that is stretched around the teeth during dental procedures to isolate the operative field from the oropharynx, and respiratory tract, and prevent pulmonary aspiration of fragments of teeth and amalgam
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
rub·ber dam(rŭbĕr dam)
1. In surgery, thin strips of rubber used as a surgical drain or barrier;
2. Thin sheet of rubber with holes that is placed over teeth to isolate them from the oral cavity.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
rubber damA perforated sheet of rubber that is pushed over one or more teeth during certain dental procedures to acts as a barrier to prevent inhalation of debris or contamination of the operation site by saliva.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
rub·ber dam(rŭbĕr dam)
1. Thin sheet of rubber with holes that is placed over teeth to isolate them from oral cavity.
2. In surgery, thin strips of rubber used as a surgical drain or barrier.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012