dentition

[den-tish-uh n]

noun

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

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Nearby words

  1. dentinum,
  2. dentiparous,
  3. dentirostral,
  4. dentist,
  5. dentistry,
  6. dento-,
  7. dentoalveolar,
  8. dentoalveolar abscess,
  9. dentoid,
  10. denton

Origin of dentition

1605–15; < Latin dentītiōn- (stem of dentītiō), equivalent to dentīt(us) (past participle of dentīre to cut teeth, teethe) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for dentition

dentition

noun

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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Word Origin and History for dentition

dentition

n.

1610s, "teething, the cutting of teeth," from Latin dentitionem (nominative dentitio) "teething," noun of action from past participle stem of dentire "to cut the teeth," from dentem (nominative dens) "tooth" (see tooth). Meaning "arrangement of teeth" is from 1849.

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Medicine definitions for dentition

dentition

[dĕn-tĭshən]

n.

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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Science definitions for dentition

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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