periodontics

[per-ee-uh-don-tiks]

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

periodontics

noun

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

Word Origin for periodontics

C19: from peri- + -odontics, from Greek odōn tooth
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Word Origin and History for periodontics
n.

1948, from periodontia (1914; see periodontal) + -ics. Periodontic (adj.) is attested by 1889.

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periodontics in Medicine

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 formsper′i•o•dontic adj.per′i•o•dontist n.
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periodontics in Science

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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