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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.

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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Anagrams for dental »

  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. Matthew Messina:

    Our existing universal precautions provide safety for patients and healthcare providers as well, universal precautions have been the standard for dental offices since long before it became cool.

  2. Mark Witton:

    Its not just their head size that is interesting: their jawlines and dental configuration are also quite sophisticated.

  3. Maximilien Franco:

    We have shown that Wolf-Rayet stars, which are among the most massive stars known and can explode violently as they reach the end of their lives, help us, in a way, to maintain good dental health.

  4. 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.

  5. The Vital Signs:

    Dental sealants can be an effective and inexpensive way to prevent cavities, yet only one in three low-income children currently receive them. School-based sealant programs are an effective way to get sealants to children.

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