[ den-tl ]

  1. of or relating to the teeth.

  2. of or relating to dentistry or a dentist.

  1. Phonetics.

    • (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.

  1. Phonetics. a dental sound.

Origin of dental

1585–95; <Medieval Latin dentālis, equivalent to Latin dent- (stem of dēns) tooth + -ālis-al1

Other words from dental

  • den·tal·i·ty, noun
  • den·tal·ly, adverb
  • post·den·tal, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dental


/ (ˈdɛntəl) /

  1. of or relating to the teeth

  2. of or relating to dentistry

  1. phonetics

    • 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

  1. phonetics a dental consonant

Origin of dental

C16: from Medieval Latin dentālis, from Latin dens tooth

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Scientific definitions for dental


[ dĕntl ]

  1. Relating to the teeth.

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