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pontic

[pon-tik]
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noun Dentistry.
  1. an artificial tooth in a bridge.

Origin of pontic

1930–35; < Latin pont- (stem of pōns) bridge + -ic
Also called dummy.

Pontic

[pon-tik]
adjective
  1. pertaining to the Pontus Euxinus or to Pontus.

Origin of Pontic

From the Greek word Pontikós, dating back to 1470–80. See Pontus, -ic
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Examples from the Web for pontic

Historical Examples

  • The reader will remember Othello's 'Pontic sea' with its 'violent pace.'

    Shakespearean Tragedy

    A. C. Bradley

  • (e) is the famous passage about the Pontic Sea, and I reserve it for the present.

  • First his patrimony was mangled; secondly the Pontic spoils; then thirdly the Iberian, which the golden Tagus-stream knoweth.

  • A great trade was carried on in those times in dried fish from the Pontic or Black Sea.

  • As the ermine was called the Pontic mouse, the beaver was named the Pontic dog.


British Dictionary definitions for pontic

Pontic

adjective
  1. denoting or relating to the Black Sea

Word Origin

C15: from Latin Ponticus, from Greek, from Pontos Pontus
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Word Origin and History for pontic

Pontic

adj.

1550s; see Pontus + -ic.

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pontic in Medicine

pontic

([object Object])
n.
  1. An artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture.
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