- 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
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- 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 for dental
C16: from Medieval Latin dentālis, from Latin dens tooth
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1590s, from Middle French dental "of teeth" or Medieval Latin dentalis, from Latin dens (genitive dentis) "tooth," from PIE root *dent- (see tooth).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or for the teeth.
- Of, relating to, or intended for dentistry.
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- Relating to the teeth.
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