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a. the fleshy cushion-like underpart of the foot of a cat, dog, etc.
b. any of the parts constituting such a structure
2. Entomol a nontechnical name for pulvillus
3. the large flat floating leaf of the water lily
4. Electronics a resistive attenuator network inserted in the path of a signal to reduce amplitude or to match one circuit to another


An isolated mass of concrete forming a foundation.



a term used in Siberia and the Soviet Far East to designate ravines and the valleys of streams and small rivers.


(aerospace engineering)
A small circumscribed mass of fatty tissue, as in terminal phalanges of the fingers or the underside of the toes of an animal, such as a dog.
An arrangement of fixed resistors used to reduce the strength of a radio-frequency or audio-frequency signal by a desired fixed amount without introducing appreciable distortion. Also known as fixed attenuator.
A layer of material used as a cushion or for protection.
A projection of excess metal on a casting forging, or welded part.
An area within an airstrip or airway that is used for warming up the motors of an airplane before takeoff.
A block of stone or masonry set on a wall to distribute a load that is concentrated at that portion of the wall. Also known as padstone.
That portion of an airstrip or airway from which an airplane leaves the ground on takeoff or first touches the ground on landing.
The brickwork that is beneath the molten iron at the base of a blast furnace.

padstone, pad

A strong block bedded on a wall to distribute a concentrated load; a template, 2.



(1) To fill a data structure with bits or characters. See padding.

(2) (PAD) (Packet Assembler/Disassembler) A communications device that formats outgoing data into packets of the required length for transmission in an X.25 packet switching network. It also strips the data out of incoming packets.

(3) An iPad-like tablet computer. See iPad and tablet computer.
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Application of the buccal fat pad to the surgical treatment of oral submucous fibrosis.
Histologic examination of pedicled buccal fat pad graft in oral submucous fibrosis.
Closure of oroantral communications using a pedicled buccal fat pad graft.
Use of buccal fat pad to repair intraoral defects: review of 30 cases.
Bluntly dissect sub-mucosal tissues until the buccal fat pad is found.
The pedicled buccal fat pad is a reliable flap for the repair of small oral defects and, as in our case, oro-antral fistulae.
Maxillary Myxoma: Surgical Treatment And Reconstruction With Buccal Fat Pad Flap: A Case Report.
The Reconstruccion Of Oral Defects With Buccal Fat Pad.
Bichat first described the buccal fat pad as an anatomical element in 1802 and Scammon was the first to describe its anatomy.
The purpose of this study was to share our clinical experience about the utility of the pedicle buccal fat pad in sealing of oral defects.
We describe here our experience of using buccal fat pad (BFP) flap in conjunction with a buccal advancement flap for management of established cases of oroantral fistulae in 23 consecutive cases by a single surgeon.