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[mal-uh-kloo-zhuh n]
noun Dentistry.
  1. faulty occlusion; irregular contact of opposing teeth in the upper and lower jaws.
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Origin of malocclusion

First recorded in 1885–90; mal- + occlusion
Related formsmal·oc·clud·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for malocclusion


  1. dentistry a defect in the normal position of the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed, as from abnormal development of the jaw
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Derived Formsmaloccluded, adjective
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Word Origin and History for malocclusion


1864, from mal- + occlusion.

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malocclusion in Medicine


  1. Faulty contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed.
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malocclusion in Science


  1. Misalignment between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed, resulting in a faulty bite.
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