An open bite deformity, a type of malocclusion characterized by premature posterior occlusion and absence of anterior occlusion. SYN: open bite (2). [L. apertus, open, + G. gnathos, jaw]

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ap·er·tog·na·thia (ə-pur″tog-naґthe-ə) open bite.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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