mottled enamel

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mottled enamel

n.
Discolored and spotted tooth enamel caused by excessive amounts of fluorides in drinking water.
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fluo•ro•sis

(flʊˈroʊ sɪs, flɔ-, floʊ-)

n.
1. an abnormal condition caused by excessive intake of fluorides, characterized in children by discoloration and pitting of the teeth and in adults by pathological bone changes.
2. Also called mottled enamel. the changes in tooth enamel symptomatic of fluorosis.
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