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[den-tl] /ˈdɛn tl/
of or relating to the teeth.
of or relating to dentistry or a dentist.
  1. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tongue tip touching the back of the upper front teeth or immediately above them, as French t.
  2. alveolar, as English t.
  3. interdental (def 2).
Phonetics. a dental sound.
Origin of dental
1585-95; < Medieval Latin dentālis, equivalent to Latin dent- (stem of dēns) tooth + -ālis -al1
Related forms
dentality, noun
dentally, adverb
postdental, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • They are developed from a layer of dental germs which occurs all over the surface of the skin, except in the region of the lips.

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  • He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota—dental department.

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  • Did you take Marina to the dental clinic or laboratory more than once?

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  • We have pictures of two score of dental instruments that were used by them.

  • There are various means which the individual can use to prevent or cure these dental evils.

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British Dictionary definitions for dental


of or relating to the teeth
of or relating to dentistry
  1. pronounced or articulated with the tip of the tongue touching the backs of the upper teeth, as for t in French tout
  2. (esp in the phonology of some languages, such as English) another word for alveolar
(phonetics) a dental consonant
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin dentālis, from Latin dens tooth
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Word Origin and History for dental

1590s, from Middle French dental "of teeth" or Medieval Latin dentalis, from Latin dens (genitive dentis) "tooth," from PIE root *dent- (see tooth).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dental in Medicine

dental den·tal (děn'tl)

  1. Of, relating to, or for the teeth.

  2. Of, relating to, or intended for dentistry.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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dental in Science
Relating to the teeth.
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