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overlapping dentition
(English) Teeth along a mesodistal series in which the roots overlap and are not separated by a space. Two types of overlap patterns occur, alternate overlap, in which teeth in a series alternate from more labial to more lingual, and imbricate overlap, in which the distal end of each tooth lingually or labially overlaps the mesial end of the succeeding tooth, repeating to the distal ends of the dental band. Alternate-imbricate dentitions combine both alternate and imbricate overlap. (See also: dentition, independent dentition)

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