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The habitual, involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth, usually during sleep.

[From New Latin brūxis, a gnashing, from Greek brūkein, to gnash.]


(Pathology) the habit of grinding the teeth, esp unconsciously
[irregularly formed from Greek brykein to gnash the teeth + -ism]


(ˈbrʌk sɪz əm)

habitual, purposeless clenching and grinding of the teeth.
[1935–40; < Greek *brȳx(is) a gnashing of teeth]


the habit of purposelessly grinding one’s teeth, especially during sleep. Also called bruxomania.
See also: Teeth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bruxism - involuntarily or unconsciously clenching or grinding the teeth, typically during sleep
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"


n bruxismo
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Among their topics are etiologies, the pathophysiology of sleep bruxism, differential diagnosis and polysomnography, sleep and pain, bruxism in children and adolescents, advice and counseling for management, bruxism and restorative dentistry, the ultraconservative rehabilitation of patients displaying severe tooth wear, extended bonded restorative dentistry, and bruxism and implant restorations.
However, if you're grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth at multiple times during the day or night, it's probably time for a visit to the dentist - you may be suffering from Bruxism.
The most prevalent oral habit among the SG was bruxism (n = 82; 54.
Predictors of bruxism, other oral parafunctions, and tooth wear over a 20-year follow-up period.
Nocturnal parafunctional habit is very common and is called bruxism.
Spastic movement disorders such as cerebral palsy frequently lead to bruxism with masseter muscle hypertonia.
Bruxism (the fancy name for teeth grinding) affects up to 31% of the population, and causes the enamel on the teeth to wear off.
He pointed out that stress could cause bruxism or teeth grinding.
All subjects had at least 20 functioning teeth and underwent detailed oral and radiographic examination, in addition, bruxism and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) examinations were performed.
Ganesh has bruxism, a condition which causes her to clench her jaw.