Surgical opening into a dental alveolus to allow drainage of pus from a periapical or other intraosseous abscess. [alveolo- + G. tome, incision]

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al·ve·o·lot·o·my (al″ve-ə-lotґə-me) [alveolo- + -tomy] incision into a dental alveolus; see also alveolectomy.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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