punctate basophilia -->
stippling
medical dictionary

1. A speckling of a blood cell or other structure with fine dots when exposed to the action of a basic stain, due to the presence of free basophil granules in the cell protoplasm.

Synonyms: punctate basophilia.

2. An orange peel appearance of the attached gingiva.

3. A roughening of the surfaces of a denture base to stimulate natural gingival stippling.

(05 Mar 2000)

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