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  1. an artificial replacement of one or several of the teeth (partial denture), or all of the teeth (full denture) of either or both jaws; dental prosthesis.
  2. a set of teeth.
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Origin of denture

1870–75; < French, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -ure -ure
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Historical Examples

  • This denture is nothing else than a phylogenetic incident in the ontogeny of the whale.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • In discussing dental dreams I have pointed out the importance of having the denture examined for possible pus pockets.


    Andr Tridon

  • The manufacture of a denture of this character was tedious and uncertain, and required much skill.

  • The whitish tips of denture are conical, compressed, and rather acute.

  • The aid of the dentist is required to fit a denture which will at least restore the hard palate and alveolar margin.

British Dictionary definitions for denture


noun (usually plural)
  1. Also called: dental plate, false teeth a partial or full set of artificial teeth
  2. rare a set of natural teeth
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from dent tooth + -ure
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Word Origin and History for denture


1874, from French denture "set of teeth," from Latin dens (genitive dentis, "tooth;" see tooth) + -ure (see -ure). In Middle English, the word meant "an indenture; a zigzag course" (c.1400).

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denture in Medicine


  1. A partial or complete set of artificial teeth for either the upper or lower jaw.dental plate
  2. dentures A complete set of removable artificial teeth for both jaws.
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