orthodontics

[awr-thuh-don-tiks]

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth, as by means of braces.

Origin of orthodontics

First recorded in 1905–10; orth- + -odont + -ics
Related formsor·tho·don·tic, or·tho·don·tal, adjectiveor·tho·don·tist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orthodontal

orthodontics

orthodontia (ˌɔːθəʊˈdɒntɪə)

noun

(functioning as singular) the branch of dentistry concerned with preventing or correcting irregularities of the teethAlso called: dental orthopaedics
Derived Formsorthodontic, adjectiveorthodontist, noun
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Word Origin and History for orthodontal

orthodontics

n.

1909, from Modern Latin orthodontia + -ics.

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orthodontal in Medicine

orthodontics

[ôr′thə-dŏntĭks]

n.

The dental specialty and practice of preventing and correcting irregularities of the teeth, as by the use of braces.orthodontia orthodonture
Related formsor′tho•dontic adj.or′tho•dontist n.
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