orthodontia

[ awr-thuh-don-shuh, -shee-uh ]
/ ˌɔr θəˈdɒn ʃə, -ʃi ə /

noun Dentistry.

treatment for the correction of irregularly aligned teeth, usually involving braces and sometimes oral surgery.

Nearby words

  1. orthochorea,
  2. orthochromatic,
  3. orthoclase,
  4. orthoclastic,
  5. orthocytosis,
  6. orthodontics,
  7. orthodontist,
  8. orthodonture,
  9. orthodox,
  10. orthodox christianity

Origin of orthodontia

First recorded in 1840–50; orth- + -odont + -ia

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Word Origin and History for orthodontia

orthodontia

n.

1849, from ortho- + Greek odon (genitive odontos) "tooth" (see tooth).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper