noun 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;
) (past participle of
to cut teeth, teethe) +
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Examples from the Web for dentition
Finally, Hoplophoneus has acquired the
dentition of existing Cats.
No child ever lost a tooth of the second set; and, indeed, the second
dentition seemed often to cure the complaint.
Badgers belong to the same division of Carnivora as Bears, but differ from them, not only in size, but in
dentition is essentially carnivorous, but varies considerably in the different families, and even in the Phocidæ themselves. British Dictionary definitions for 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 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 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 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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