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.
a set of teeth.

1870–75; < French, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -ure -ure Unabridged
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denture (ˈdɛntʃə)
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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Word Origin & History

1874, from Fr. denture "set of teeth," from L. dens (gen. dentis) "tooth," from PIE base *dont-, *dent- (see tooth).
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Medical Dictionary

denture den·ture (děn'chər)

  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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Example sentences
The change from teeth to dentures struck my brother and me as both grave and
The tongue may get wider in persons who have no teeth and do not wear dentures.
And keeping your own teeth is better than wearing dentures.
She will receive follow-up surgery later this month to have permanent dentures
  attached to the jaw.
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