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malocclusion

[mal-uh-kloo-zhuh n] /ˌmæl əˈklu ʒən/
noun, Dentistry.
1.
faulty occlusion; irregular contact of opposing teeth in the upper and lower jaws.
Origin of malocclusion
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; mal- + occlusion
Related forms
maloccluded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for malocclusion

malocclusion

/ˌmæləˈkluːʒən/
noun
1.
(dentistry) a defect in the normal position of the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed, as from abnormal development of the jaw
Derived Forms
maloccluded, adjective
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Word Origin and History for malocclusion
n.

1864, from mal- + occlusion.

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malocclusion in Medicine

malocclusion mal·oc·clu·sion (māl'ə-klōō'zhən)
n.
Faulty contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed.

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malocclusion in Science
malocclusion
  (māl'ə-kl'zhən)   
Misalignment between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed, resulting in a faulty bite.
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