[ awr-thuh-don-tiks ]
/ ˌɔr θəˈdɒn tɪks /
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noun (used with a singular verb)
the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth, as by means of braces.
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OTHER WORDS FROM orthodonticsor·tho·don·tic, or·tho·don·tal, adjectiveor·tho·don·tist, noun
Words nearby orthodontics
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British Dictionary definitions for orthodontics
/ (ˌɔːθəʊˈdɒntɪks) /
(functioning as singular) the branch of dentistry concerned with preventing or correcting irregularities of the teethAlso called: dental orthopaedics
Derived forms of orthodonticsorthodontic, adjectiveorthodontist, noun
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Medical definitions for orthodontics
[ ôr′thə-dŏn′tĭks ]
The dental specialty and practice of preventing and correcting irregularities of the teeth, as by the use of braces.orthodontia orthodonture
Other words from orthodonticsor′tho•don′tic adj.or′tho•don′tist n.
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