- 1. The outline of a part; the surface configuration. 2. In dentistry, to restore the normal outlines of a broken or otherwise misshapen tooth, or to create the external shape or form of a prosthesis. [L. con- (intens.), + torno, to turn (in a lathe), fr. tornus, a lathe]- gingival c. the shape or form of the gingiva, either natural or artificial, around the necks of the teeth. SYN: gum c..- gum c. SYN: gingival c..- height of c. See height of c..
* * *con·tour 'kän-.tu̇(ə)r n an outline esp. of a curving or irregular figure also the line representing this outlinecontour vt to shape the contour of <\contour a gingiva in gingivoplasty>
* * *con·tour (konґtr) [Fr.] 1. the normal outline or configuration of the body or of a part. 2. to shape a solid along certain desired lines.
Medical dictionary. 2011.