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[den-tuh-stree] /ˈdɛn tə stri/
the profession or science dealing with the prevention and treatment of diseases and malformations of the teeth, gums, and oral cavity, and the removal, correction, and replacement of decayed, damaged, or lost parts, including such operations as the filling and crowning of teeth, the straightening of teeth, and the construction of artificial dentures.
Origin of dentistry
1830-40; dentist + -ry Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dentistry


the branch of medical science concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the teeth and gums
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Word Origin and History for dentistry

1838; see dentist + -ry.

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dentistry in Medicine

dentistry den·tist·ry (děn'tĭ-strē)
The science concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums, and related structures of the mouth and including the repair or replacement of defective teeth.

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dentistry in Science
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums, and other structures of the mouth.
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