separation
1. The act of keeping apart or dividing, or the state of being held apart. 2. In dentistry, the process of gaining slight spaces between the teeth preparatory to treatment.
- jaw s. the amount of space between the jaws at any degree of opening.
- s. of retina SYN: retinal detachment.
- sternochondral s. s. of the costal cartilage from the sternum, especially of the 2nd to 7th ribs, which are true joints lined with synovial membranes.
- s. of teeth 1. loss of proximal contact of teeth; 2. in orthodontics, the creation of interproximal spaces for the fitting of an appliance.

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sep·a·ra·tion .sep-ə-'rā-shən n
1) the process of isolating or extracting from or of becoming isolated from a mixture also the resulting state

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sep·a·ra·tion (sep″ə-raґshən) 1. the process of taking apart or the state of having been taken apart. 2. the forcing apart of adjacent teeth having tight contact, as with a separating wire prior to banding in orthodontic therapy.

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