malocclusion

[mal-uh-kloo-zhuh n]

noun Dentistry.

faulty occlusion; irregular contact of opposing teeth in the upper and lower jaws.

Nearby words

  1. malmédy,
  2. malmö,
  3. malnourished,
  4. malnourishment,
  5. malnutrition,
  6. malodor,
  7. malodorous,
  8. malonate,
  9. malone,
  10. malone, edmond

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

malocclusion

noun

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
Derived Formsmaloccluded, adjective

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Word Origin and History for malocclusion

malocclusion

n.

1864, from mal- + occlusion.

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Medicine definitions for malocclusion

malocclusion

[măl′ə-klōōzhən]

n.

Faulty contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed.

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Science definitions for malocclusion

malocclusion

[măl′ə-klōōzhən]

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