What does dental mean?

Definitions for dental
ˈdɛn tlden·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alveolar consonant, dental consonant, alveolar, dentaladjective

    a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge

  2. dentaladjective

    of or relating to the teeth

    "dental floss"

  3. dentaladjective

    of or relating to dentistry

    "dental student"


  1. dentaladjective

    of or concerning the teeth: dental care

  2. dentaladjective

    of or concerning dentistry

  3. dentaladjective

    made with the tongue touching the teeth: dental fricative

  4. Etymology: From dentalis, from dens, from h₁d-ent-, participle of h₁ed-, perhaps from an older sense "bite".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DENTALadjective

    Etymology: dentalis, Latin.

    The Hebrews have assigned which letters are labial, which dental, and which guttural. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 198.

    The dental consonants are easy, therefore let them be next; first the labio-dentals, as also the lingua-dentals. William Holder, Elem.

  2. Dentalnoun

    A small shell-fish.

    Two small black and shining pieces, seem, by the shape, to have been formed in the shell of a dental. John Woodward, on Fossils.


  1. dental

    Dental refers to anything related to the teeth, oral health, and the care or treatment of the teeth and gums. It's often used in context of the medical field of dentistry, which involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of conditions and disorders of the oral cavity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dentaladjective

    of or pertaining to the teeth or to dentistry; as, dental surgery

  2. Dentaladjective

    formed by the aid of the teeth; -- said of certain articulations and the letters representing them; as, d t are dental letters

  3. Dentaladjective

    an articulation or letter formed by the aid of the teeth

  4. Dentaladjective

    a marine mollusk of the genus Dentalium, with a curved conical shell resembling a tooth. See Dentalium

  5. Etymology: [L. dens, dentis, tooth: cf. F. dental. See Tooth.]


  1. Dental

    Pertaining to a tooth or teeth, or to odontology.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dental

    den′tal, adj. belonging to the teeth: produced by the aid of the teeth.—n. an articulation or letter pronounced chiefly with the teeth.—adj. Den′tary, belonging to dentition, bearing teeth.—n. the distal element of the jaw of vertebrates below mammals.—Dental engine, a mechanical appliance giving a rotary motion to a dentist's boring instruments. [L. dens, dentis, a tooth. See Tooth.]

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  1. lanted

  2. tandle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dental in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dental in a Sentence

  1. The FBI:

    Laundrie’s body was described as skeletal ‘remains’ and the FBI needed dental records to identify him. The human body can withstand water and wildlife better than paper.

  2. Margaret Murphy:

    Medicare covers what happens to the patient’s eyes even though it doesn’t provide routine eye care - but there’s no coverage for this type of extreme dental care, and people are ending up in the hospital with infections.

  3. Officer Trevor Macy:

    It is believed that the child had an unanticipated reaction to medicine provided during the course of his dental procedures.

  4. Frank Strietzel:

    If the patient will not follow the advice of the dentist, there is a risk of undetected inflammation around the implants, a dental implant is a foreign body like a prosthesis, which requires regular observation.

  5. Dental clinic in Amritsar:

    Dental clinic in Amritsar use advanced dental practice and procedures. They will discover the real power of your smile. They will give you reason to smile. Healthy dental routine needs healthy smiles. Treat your teeth like you treat your self because your attractive smile makes a long lasting impression.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    A deny
    B signify
    C fudge
    D moan

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