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[brij-wurk] /ˈbrɪdʒˌwɜrk/
  1. a dental bridge.
  2. dental bridges collectively.
  3. any of several different types of dental bridges.
Civil Engineering. the art or process of bridge building.
Origin of bridgework
First recorded in 1880-85; bridge1 + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bridgework
Historical Examples
  • A number of examples of bridgework have been found in the old Etruscan tombs.

  • We knew who it was because the doctor identified the bridgework in his mouth.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • We knew it was him because the doctor identified the bridgework in his mouth.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • It was a striking example of bridgework, very well done, and may now be seen in the Louvre.

  • No book has, so far as the author is aware, been written upon that aspect of bridgework to be treated in the following pages.

    The Anatomy of Bridgework William Henry Thorpe
British Dictionary definitions for bridgework


  1. a partial denture attached to the surrounding teeth See bridge1 (sense 5)
  2. the technique of making such appliances
the process or occupation of constructing bridges
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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bridgework in Medicine

bridgework bridge·work (brĭj'wûrk')
See partial denture.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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