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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(4,26,27) (Figure 3 a) Now, poor crown-to-root ratio can result from improper dental treatment as well as from traumatic or pathologic changes that either increase the length of the clinical crown or decrease the length of the clinical root. However, the most common cause of poor (Increased) crown-to-root ratio is periodontitis.
Working half-time both in the department of medicine and in information and networking services has provided an opportunity to identify the clinical roots of the challenges to introducing new information systems in our environment.

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