materia alba ma·te·ri·a al·ba (mə-tēr’ē-ə āl’bə)
A white cheeselike accumulation of food debris, microorganisms, desquamated epithelial cells, and blood cells deposited around the teeth at the gumline.
[muh-teer-ee-uh l] /məˈtɪər i əl/ noun 1. the substance or substances of which a thing is made or composed: Stone is a durable material. 2. anything that serves as crude or raw matter to be used or developed: Wood pulp is the raw material from which paper is made. 3. any constituent element. 4. a […]
noun, Aristotelianism. 1. See under (def 8b). [kawz] /kɔz/ noun 1. a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the accident? 2. the reason […]
noun, Logic. 1. (def 4b). [ih-kwiv-uh-luh ns or for 3, ee-kwuh-vey-luh ns] /ɪˈkwɪv ə ləns or for 3, ˌi kwəˈveɪ ləns/ noun, Also, (for defs 1, 2). 1. the state or fact of being equivalent; equality in value, force, significance, etc. 2. an instance of this; an equivalent. 3. Chemistry. the quality of having equal […]
- Material girl
noun a woman or girl mainly concerned with material things Word Origin from song by Madonna