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dentin

[den-tn, -tin]
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noun Dentistry.
  1. the hard, calcareous tissue, similar to but denser than bone, that forms the major portion of a tooth, surrounds the pulp cavity, and is situated beneath the enamel and cementum.
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Also den·tine [den-teen] /ˈdɛn tin/.

Origin of dentin

First recorded in 1830–40; dent- + -in2
Related formsden·tin·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dentine

Historical Examples

  • The teeth are pointed and often have the dentine remarkably folded.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • This models the enamel cap which fits over the dentine like a glove.

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot

  • A papilla of the dermis makes its appearance, the outer layer of which gradually calcifies to form the dentine and osseous tissue.

  • The complexity is greatest in Napaeozapus, which is characterized by numerous additional flexures in the enamel and dentine.

  • The base is composed of bone: the spine of the somewhat modified bone known as dentine.


British Dictionary definitions for dentine

dentine

dentin (ˈdɛntɪn)

noun
  1. the calcified tissue surrounding the pulp cavity of a tooth and comprising the bulk of the tooth
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Derived Formsdentinal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from denti- + -in
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Word Origin and History for dentine

dentin

n.

also dentine, the hard substance in teeth, 1836, from comb. form of Latin dens (genitive dentis) "tooth" (see tooth) + chemical suffix -in (2).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dentine in Medicine

dentin

(dĕntĭn)
n.
  1. The main, calcareous part of a tooth, beneath the enamel and surrounding the pulp chamber and root canals.
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dentine in Science

dentin

[dĕntĭn]
  1. The main bony part of a tooth beneath the enamel, surrounding the pulp chamber and root canals.
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dentine in Culture

dentin

The hard, bony material beneath the enamel of a tooth. The bulk of a tooth is made up of dentin.

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.