[oh-don-tol-uh-jee, od-on-]


the science dealing with the study of the teeth and their surrounding tissues and with the prevention and cure of their diseases.

Nearby words

  1. odontograph,
  2. odontoid,
  3. odontoid process,
  4. odontoid process of epistropheus,
  5. odontolite,
  6. odontolysis,
  7. odontoma,
  8. odontoneuralgia,
  9. odontonomy,
  10. odontopathy

Origin of odontology

First recorded in 1810–20; odonto- + -logy

Related formso·don·to·log·i·cal [oh-don-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /oʊˌdɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectiveo·don·tol·o·gist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for odontology



the branch of science concerned with the anatomy, development, and diseases of teeth and related structures
Derived Formsodontological (ɒˌdɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveodontologist, noun

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Medicine definitions for odontology




The study of the structure, development, and abnormalities of the teeth.
Related formso•don′to•logi•cal (-tə-lŏjĭ-kəl) adj.

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