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  1. plural of dens.
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noun, plural den·tes [den-teez] /ˈdɛn tiz/. Zoology.
  1. a tooth or toothlike part.
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Origin of dens

< Latin dēns; see tooth
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Historical Examples

  • Dentes debiles, cariosi ab odontalgia hæreditaria in juventute.

    Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnus

    William MacGillivray

  • Dentes cardinales parvi, fragiles, numero variabiles, rar divaricati.

  • Mucrones: in Collembola the two small end pieces of the furcula, proceeding from the dentes.

dentes in Medicine


n. pl. den•tes (dĕntēz′)
  1. Tooth.
  2. A toothlike process projecting upward from the body of the axis around which the atlas rotates.odontoid process of epistropheus
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