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.

Nearby words

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

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 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 Formsorthodontic, adjectiveorthodontist, noun

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Word Origin and History for orthodontics

orthodontics

n.

1909, from Modern Latin orthodontia + -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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
Related formsor′tho•dontic adj.or′tho•dontist n.


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