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appliance

 [ah-pli´ans]
any of various devices used in dentistry to provide a functional or therapeutic effect, such as a prosthesis, an obturator, or an orthodontic appliance.
fixed appliance an appliance that is attached to the teeth by cement or an adhesive material.
orthodontic appliance a device, either fixed to the teeth or removable, that applies force to the teeth and their supporting structures to produce changes in their relationship to each other and to control their growth and development. Used in orthodontic therapy to move the teeth into esthetically or physiologically better positions, such as better alignment within the dental arch or with the opposing dentition; also used in the treatment of fractures or injuries to the maxilla, to stabilize or immobilize the teeth and jaws. Called also braces.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ap·pli·ance

(ă-plī'ants),
A device used to improve function of a part, or for therapeutic purposes.
[fr. O. Fr. aplier, to apply, fr. L. applico, to fold together]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

appliance

(ə-plī′əns)
n.
A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
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appliance

A generic term for a manufactured device that performs a certain task (e.g., cooks food, holds bone or teeth together, etc.).

Gastroenterology
A euphemism for a disposable pouch (more commonly, colostomy pouch) attached to the skin of a stoma (e.g., colostomy), into which waste material is discharged.
 
Informatics
See Information appliance.
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appliance

GI disease A disposible pouch attached to the skin of a stoma–eg, colostomy, into which waste material is discharged. See Ostomy.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ap·pli·ance

(ă-plī'ăns)
A device used to provide function to a part, or for therapeutic purposes.
[fr. O. Fr. aplier, to apply, fr. L. applico, to fold together]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

ap·pli·ance

(ă-plī'ăns)
Device used by dental professionals to improve function of a part or for therapeutic purposes.
[fr. O. Fr. aplier, to apply, fr. L. applico, to fold together]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012