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Definition of Crown

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Crown: 1. In dentistry, the portion of the tooth that is covered by enamel. 2. Also in dentistry, a type of restoration that covers all or most of the natural tooth. 3. In anatomy, the top of the head, as in the crown-rump length of a fetus. 4. In obstetrics, when a generous portion of the fetal scalp (the crown) become visible at the vaginal opening during labor. Soon after the baby crowns, delivery usually occurs.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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