orthodontics

[ awr-thuh-don-tiks ]
/ ˌɔr θəˈdɒn tɪks /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM orthodontics

or·tho·don·tic, or·tho·don·tal, adjectiveor·tho·don·tist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orthodontics

orthodontics

orthodontia (ˌɔːθəʊˈdɒntɪə)

/ (ˌɔːθəʊˈdɒntɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the branch of dentistry concerned with preventing or correcting irregularities of the teethAlso called: dental orthopaedics

Derived forms of orthodontics

orthodontic, adjectiveorthodontist, noun
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Medicine definitions for orthodontics

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

Other words from orthodontics

or′tho•dontic adj.or′tho•dontist n.
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