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bearing down

bearing (bar´ing)

A supporting point or surface.
central b. in dentistry, application of forces between the maxillae and mandible at a single point located as near as possible to the center of the supporting areas of the upper and lower jaws; used for the purpose of distributing closing forces evenly throughout the areas of the supporting structures during the recording of maxillomandibular (jaw) relations and during the correction of occlusal errors.

bearing down

Expulsive effort of a parturient woman in the second stage of labor.

 

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