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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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Accuracy of stone casts obtained by different impression materials. Braz Oral Res 2008;22(4):293-8.
Least error found in our study was separation of material from tray was recorded while using the alginate impression materials by both groups of students.
He recommends the placement of four tissue stops (2 mm in width located in molar and cuspid regions which should extend from palatal aspect of the ridge to the mucobuccal fold) and one vent hole in the incisive papilla region before making the final impression with the metallic oxide impression material (Figure 3) [7].
Subsequently, the third layer of impression material was partially filled into the tray and placed on the ear (Figure 6).
Polyvinyl siloxanes are currently considered to reproduce the greatest detail of all the impression materials. The international standard for dental elastomeric impression materials1 states that a type III (light body) impression material must reproduce a line 0.020 mm in width.
(4) Compared to other impression materials, irreversible hydrocolloids have the disadvantages of low dimensional stability and reduced capacity for detail reproduction.
Westone Laboratories, Inc., has improved the formula of its popular Pink [Silicast.sup.TM] and Silicone [Singles.sup.TM] ear impression materials, producing a silicone of greater smoothness and softness.
Dimensional steadiness and exactness of vinyl polysiloxane (VPS) elastomeric impression materials have resulted into their wide spread usage in restorative dentistry.