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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.
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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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The compatibility of the nanohardness and fracture resistance of the dental materials used for posterior restorations under constant masticatory stresses affects both the related tooth and the antagonist tooth directly [32, 38].
Several factors contribute to the process of elution from resin-based dental materials. According to Ferracane, the first relates to the amount of components released, and this should be directly related to the extent of the polymerization reaction (i.e., the degree of double bond conversion) [29].
The sector for dental materials, which reached 16.9 billion yen ($142.0 mil) in 2005, will increase to 21.5 billion yen ($180.6 mil) in 2009.
Knowing that enamel is almost entirely mineral, the researchers aimed to create a similar dental material. Past attempts at all-mineral materials have fallen short of the real thing.
Transfer zone: The transfer zone (right-handed--4 o'clock to 7 o'clock; left-handed--5 o'clock to 8 o'clock) is the area where instruments and dental materials are exchanged between the dental assistant and the dentist.
Sacrificial protection is very simple and cost effective method to prevent the dental material from corrosion.
of Maryland School of Dentistry) reviews dental materials in this guide for dentistry students, residents, and junior clinicians, as well as general dental practitioners, hygienists, assistants, nurses, and technicians.
The purchase of Heraeus Dental, with a global sales network covering more than 20 countries globally, will give Mitsui Chemicals a global platform for core dental materials business, the buyer said, adding it expected the dental materials market to grow substantially in the future.
Dr Powers, a dental materials scientist, holds multiple professorships at dental schools in Texas, Michigan, and Germany.
It covers basic dental materials and their uses, gives examples from different manufacturers, and offers step-by-step procedures for using materials and instruments as well as clean-up and disposal.