periodontics

[ per-ee-uh-don-tiks ]
/ ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn tɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of dentistry dealing with the study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium.
Also per·i·o·don·tia [per-ee-uh-don-shuh, -shee-uh] /ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn ʃə, -ʃi ə/.

Origin of periodontics

1945–50; < New Latin periodont(ia) (see peri-, -odont, -ia) + -ics

Related forms

per·i·o·don·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for periodontics

periodontics

/ (ˌpɛrɪəˈdɒntɪks) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

periodontic, adjectiveperiodontically, adverb

Word Origin for periodontics

C19: from peri- + -odontics, from Greek odōn tooth
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Medicine definitions for periodontics

periodontics

[ pĕr′ē-ə-dŏntĭks ]

n.

The branch of dentistry concerned with the care and treatment of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth.periodontia

Related forms

per′i•o•dontic adj.per′i•o•dontist n.
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Science definitions for periodontics

periodontics

[ pĕr′ē-ə-dŏntĭks ]

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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