- of or relating to the teeth.
- of or relating to dentistry or a dentist.
- (of a speech sound) articulated with the tongue tip touching the back of the upper front teeth or immediately above them, as French t.
- alveolar, as English t.
- interdental(def 2).
- Phonetics. a dental sound.
Origin of dental
Examples from the Web for dental
Placed in drinking water, fluoride can serve people who otherwise have poor access to dental care.
Added to drinking water at concentrations of around one part per million, fluoride ions stick to dental plaque.
Dental leaders barnstormed the state, and cities began to fluoridate.
Orshansky puffed on a device that looked like a dental tool.New York’s Nanny-State E-Cig Ban
December 20, 2013
Authorities identified the woman as Miriam Carey, a dental hygenist from Stamford, Conn.Notes From a Shootout
October 3, 2013
This examination calls for expert medical and dental service.College Teaching
Diverting those eyes, he displayed a smile that was chill and dental.The Paliser case
We have pictures of two score of dental instruments that were used by them.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Here the palatal takes the place of the dental, as in Brangwin for Anglo-Sax.The Romance of Names
He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota—dental department.The Trail of the Hawk
- of or relating to the teeth
- of or relating to dentistry
- pronounced or articulated with the tip of the tongue touching the backs of the upper teeth, as for t in French tout
- (esp in the phonology of some languages, such as English) another word for alveolar
- phonetics a dental consonant
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).
- Of, relating to, or for the teeth.
- Of, relating to, or intended for dentistry.
- Relating to the teeth.