any of various mixed bacterial infections that affect the soft tissues and bones supporting the teeth.
- Periodontal ligament
periodontal ligament n. The connective tissue surrounding the root of a tooth and attaching it to its bony socket. Also called alveolodental ligament, periodontal membrane.
noun, Dentistry. 1. the collagenous, fibrous connective tissue between the cementum of the tooth and the alveolus.
- Periodontal membrane fiber
periodontal membrane fiber n. Any of the collagen fibers that run from the cementum to the alveolar bone and suspend a tooth in its socket.
[per-ee-uh-don-shuh m, -shee-uh m] /ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn ʃəm, -ʃi əm/ noun, plural periodontia [per-ee-uh-don-shuh, -shee-uh] /ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn ʃə, -ʃi ə/ (Show IPA) 1. the bone, connective tissue, and gum surrounding and supporting a tooth. [per-ee-uh-don-tiks] /ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn tɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. the branch of dentistry dealing with the study […]