[ den-tish-uhn ]
/ dɛnˈtɪʃ ən /


the makeup of a set of teeth including their kind, number, and arrangement.
the eruption or cutting of the teeth; teething; odontiasis.

Origin of dentition

1605–15; <Latin dentītiōn- (stem of dentītiō), equivalent to dentīt(us) (past participle of dentīre to cut teeth, teethe) + -iōn--ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for dentition

/ (dɛnˈtɪʃən) /


the arrangement, type, and number of the teeth in a particular species. Man has a primary dentition of deciduous teeth and a secondary dentition of permanent teeth
teething or the time or process of teething

Word Origin for dentition

C17: from Latin dentītiō a teething
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Medical definitions for dentition

[ dĕn-tĭshən ]


The natural teeth, considered collectively, in the dental arch.
The type, number, and arrangement of a set of teeth.
The process of growing new teeth; teething.
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Scientific definitions for dentition

[ dĕn-tĭshən ]

The type, number, and arrangement of teeth in an animal species. In mammals, dentition consists of several different types of teeth, including incisors, canines, and molars. The dentition of toothed fish and reptiles usually consists of only one kind of tooth.
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