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noun Dentistry.
  1. occlusion in which the upper incisor teeth overlap the lower ones.
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Origin of overbite

First recorded in 1885–90; over- + bite
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  • It is better to overbite your darks, and underbite your lights, if you vary any.


    Henry R. Blaney

British Dictionary definitions for overbite


  1. dentistry an extension of the upper front teeth over the lower front teeth when the mouth is closedAlso called: vertical overlap
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Word Origin and History for overbite


"overlapping of the lower teeth by the upper ones," 1887, from over- + bite (n.).

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overbite in Medicine


  1. A malocclusion of the teeth in which the front upper incisor and canine teeth project over the lower.vertical overlap
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