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[den-tist] /ˈdɛn tɪst/
a person whose profession is dentistry.
Origin of dentist
1750-60; < French dentiste, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -iste -ist Unabridged
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  • But when he was past sixty he went and got himself some teeth from the dentist.

    Cobb's Anatomy Irvin S. Cobb
  • The teeth of every child should be examined by a dentist every six months.

  • Officers troubled by their teeth are taken to a dentist in Alexandria.

  • The second floor, by the winking electric letters, was the dentist's.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • So, instead of worrying, she made plans for Jacky: "He must see a dentist," she told Maurice.

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
British Dictionary definitions for dentist


a person qualified to practise dentistry
Word Origin
C18: from French dentiste, from dent tooth
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Word Origin and History for dentist

1759, from French dentiste, from dent "tooth," from Latin dens (see tooth) + -ist.

Dentist figures it now in our newspapers, and may do well enough for a French puffer, but we fancy Rutter is content with being called a tooth-drawer ["Edinburgh Chronicle," Sept. 15, 1759].
Tooth-drawer is attested from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dentist in Medicine

dentist den·tist (děn'tĭst)
A person who is trained and licensed to practice dentistry.

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