[ per-ee-uh-don-tiks ]

noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of dentistry dealing with the study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium.

Origin of periodontics

1945–50; <New Latin periodont(ia) (see peri-, -odont, -ia) + -ics
  • Also per·i·o·don·tia [per-ee-uh-don-shuh, -shee-uh]. /ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn ʃə, -ʃi ə/.

Other words from periodontics

  • per·i·o·don·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for periodontics


/ (ˌpɛrɪəˈdɒntɪks) /

  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of dentistry concerned with diseases affecting the tissues and structures that surround teeth: Also called: periodontology

Origin of periodontics

C19: from peri- + -odontics, from Greek odōn tooth

Derived forms of periodontics

  • periodontic, adjective
  • periodontically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for periodontics


[ pĕr′ē-ə-dŏntĭks ]

  1. The branch of dentistry that deals with the study and treatment of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth, especially the gums.

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