This article provides a glossary of terms, acronyms and other terminology covered in the course.
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An angle that measures less than 90° but more than 0°.
The skin of the deceased becomes waxy and ‘soap-like’. This occurs when the body is stored in a warm, damp, alkaline environment.
An alloy of mercury with another metal used in dental fillings.
The scientific study of the bodily structure of living organisms.
Group of teeth, incisors and canines, located in the front part of the mouth.
Irregular, ‘ear-shaped’ surface of the medial aspect of the ilium.
A ball-like mixture of food or leaves and saliva that forms in the mouth during the process of chewing.
A scientific expert in the study of plants.
A bony deformity at the base of the big toe.
The part of the skull that encloses the brain (cranio-) and the bones relating to the face (-facial).
Loss of minerals from the tooth surface affecting the superficial layer called enamel.
Process in which teeth move from being embedded in the bone of the jaw to being visible in the mouth.
The yellowish layer of tooth structure located under enamel.
The development of teeth and their arrangement in the mouth.
Electronic Facial Identification Technique.
An expert in insects.
Movement around a joint that reduces the angle between two bones.
The scientific method and techniques related to investigating a crime.
The scientific study of human remains for criminal and legal purposes.
Large bone forming the upper part of the pelvis.
KERATOTIC WHITE LESIONS
White patches located inside the mouth that usually start after chronic injury of the tissues, composed of thickened keratin, which looks white when wet.
Towards the outside edges of the body.
Relating to the middle or midline of the body.
METATARSAL PHALANGEAL JOINT
Joint between the bones that make up the arch of the foot (metatarsals) and the toes (phalanges).
The study of the form of things.
Upper, bony part of the nose.
Heart or pear shaped opening in the centre of the skull.
An angle more than 90° but less than 180°.
A scientific expert in the structure and diseases of teeth.
Cavity or socket in the skull in which the eye is located.
The process of identifying human remains or the biography of bones.
A scientist who examines human remains for forensic purposes.
A set of inflammatory conditions affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth (gums). This will produce bleeding of the gums and loss of bone resulting in teeth becoming loose.
Group of teeth, molars and premolars, located in the back part of the mouth.
Having an upper or lower jaw that protrudes horizontally from the rest of the skull.
A rounded projection on a bone.
The joint between the bones at the front of the pelvis.
Bony ridge or prominent region above the eye sockets on a skull.
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