Category: M

  • Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC)

    The minimum concentration of an antimicrobial agent required to inhibit the growth and/or reproduction of a pure population of bacteria in vitro.  

  • Minimum effective strain (MES)

    Derived from Frost’s mechanostat theory for bone adaptation, the MES is essentially a minimum value of strain that must be exceeded to provoke an adaptive response in bone; stimulus for bone remodeling. Called also minimum effective strain for remodeling (MESr).  

  • Minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC)

    The minimum concentration of an antimicrobial agent required to kill a pure population of bacteria in vitro.  

  • Minimal sedation

    A minimally depressed level of consciousness, produced by a pharmacological method, that retains the patient’s ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond normally to tactile stimulation and verbal command.  

  • Mini‐implant

    A narrow diameter rootform dental implant which may be in one piece or two pieces. It is used for the support and/or retention of a provisional or definitive prosthesis.  

  • Mineralize

    The precipitation of calcium and other salts into an organic matrix to form a hard deposit, such as dental calculus.  

  • Mineralization front

    Transitional area of bone mineralization; a seam that separates the osteoid zone from the mineralized part of the bone.  

  • Mineral corticoid

    A group of C2l steroid hormones (aldosterone, etc.) that regulates electrolyte and water balance in the kidney; secreted from the adrenal cortex; a corticosteroid.  

  • Millipore filter

    One of the first barrier membranes used as proof of principle for the regeneration of membrane‐protected defects. Millipore filters have been used in initial studies for guided tissue regeneration for periodontal defects. Trademark name of a filter usually composed of cellulose acetate with controlled pore size that separates particles above specific sizes from the solutions…

  • Milling

    The machining process of using rotary cutters (burs) to remove material from a workpiece by advancing it (or feeding) at an angle with the axis of the tool. It covers a wide variety of different operations and machines, on scales from small individual parts to large, heavy‐duty milling operations. It is one of the most…