dental amalgam definition

  • noun:
    • an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually gold) employed by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for metal and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists make reference to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams
    • an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) utilized by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; excluding metal and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams

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