denture

[den-cher]
noun
1.
an artificial replacement of one or several of the teeth (partial denture) or all of the teeth (full denture) of either or both jaws; dental prosthesis.
2.
a set of teeth.

Origin:
1870–75; < French, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -ure -ure

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denture (ˈdɛntʃə)
 
n
1.  dental plate, Also called: false teeth a partial or full set of artificial teeth
2.  rare a set of natural teeth
 
[C19: from French, from dent tooth + -ure]

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denture
1874, from Fr. denture "set of teeth," from L. dens (gen. dentis) "tooth," from PIE base *dont-, *dent- (see tooth).
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denture den·ture (děn'chər)
n.

  1. A partial or complete set of artificial teeth for either the upper or lower jaw. Also called dental plate.

  2. dentures A complete set of removable artificial teeth for both jaws.

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denture

artificial replacement for one or more missing teeth and adjacent gum tissues. A complete denture replaces all the teeth of the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are commonly used to replace a single tooth or two or more adjacent teeth. The partial appliance may be removable or fixed; it usually relies on remaining teeth for stability

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Example sentences
He stuffed the buckle in her mouth with her broken upper denture.
Treat dental causes such as rough teeth, irregular denture surface, or fillings as soon as possible.
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