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Material

1. Describing information that is or may be relevant for a firm's operations. For example, if a VCR company is experiencing a dearth of demand because most of its potential customers are buying DVD players, this is material information that will likely need to be disclosed to shareholders. See also: Immaterial.

2. Raw substances that a company uses to make its product. For example, an oil refinery's material is crude oil, which it makes into refined oil.

material

Of sufficient importance or relevance as to have possible significant influence on an outcome. For example, the possibility that a firm might lose its right to operate a number of television stations because competitors have filed with the Federal Communications Commission for those licenses would be a material fact in preparing the firm's financial statements. Compare immaterial.
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Smart" fillings that prevent further tooth decay and filling material that can eliminate the need for root canal therapy are in our future, says the director of the American Dental Association Health Foundation's Paffenbarger Research Center.
Gold is the ultimate filling material, at least for durability, but it is prohibitively expensive, says Jack Ferracane, president of the Academy of Dental Materials and a biomaterials researcher at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.
While the average study participant had more than 10 tooth surfaces repaired by these traditional filling materials, mercury exposure levels were relatively low.
That's important, she says, because existing filling materials have crystal structures different from that of enamel and therefore rarely adhere seamlessly to the natural tissue.
Officers are worried that the items might not comply with fire safety regulations and ask the public to check that covers are flame proof and that filling materials have passed ignitability tests.