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Definition of Tooth root

Tooth root: The lower two-thirds of a tooth. The roots are normally buried in bone, and they serve to anchor the tooth in position. The roots are covered with a thin layer of bone, and they are inserted into sockets in the bone of the jaw.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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