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dental

[ den-tl ]
/ ˈdɛn tl /
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adjective

of or relating to the teeth.
of or relating to dentistry or a dentist.
Phonetics.
  1. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tongue tip touching the back of the upper front teeth or immediately above them, as French t.
  2. alveolar, as English t.
  3. interdental (def. 2).

noun

Phonetics. a dental sound.

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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, nounden·tal·ly, adverbpost·den·tal, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dental

dental
/ (ˈdɛntəl) /

adjective

of or relating to the teeth
of or relating to dentistry
phonetics
  1. pronounced or articulated with the tip of the tongue touching the backs of the upper teeth, as for t in French tout
  2. (esp in the phonology of some languages, such as English) another word for alveolar

noun

phonetics a dental consonant

Word Origin for dental

C16: from Medieval Latin dentālis, from Latin dens tooth
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Medical definitions for dental

dental
[ dĕntl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or for the teeth.
Of, relating to, or intended for dentistry.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for dental

dental
[ dĕntl ]

Relating to the teeth.
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