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Origin of -odont
Words nearby -odont
WORDS THAT USE -ODONT
What does -odont mean?
What are variants of –odont?
A corresponding form of -odont combined to the beginning of words is odonto-, which you can learn more about in our Words That Use article for the form.
Examples of -odont
One example of a word you may be familiar with that features the combining form –odont is orthodontics, “the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth, as by means of braces.”
The combining form orth- means “straight” or “correct.” As we know, -odont, means “having teeth.” The final part of the word, -ics, is a suffix that denotes a body of knowledge. So, orthodontics literally translates to “knowledge of correcting teeth.”
Periodontics is “the branch of dentistry dealing with the study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium.” The perionditum is the bone, connective tissue, and gum surrounding and supporting a tooth. Periodontics is formed in the same way as orthodontics, but featuring the combining form peri-, meaning “around, near, surrounding,” here referring to the parts of the body immediately surrounding teeth.
What are some words that use the combining form -odont?
What are some other forms that -odont may be commonly confused with?
Example sentences from the Web for -odont
Tapir′odont, having teeth like the tapir; Tap′iroid, related to the tapirs.