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[den-tl] /ˈdɛn tl/
of or relating to the teeth.
of or relating to dentistry or a dentist.
  1. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tongue tip touching the back of the upper front teeth or immediately above them, as French t.
  2. alveolar, as English t.
  3. interdental (def 2).
Phonetics. a dental sound.
Origin of dental
1585-95; < Medieval Latin dentālis, equivalent to Latin dent- (stem of dēns) tooth + -ālis -al1
Related forms
dentality, noun
dentally, adverb
postdental, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dental
  • Along its line of attachment to the buccal epithelium is a shallow groove, the dental furrow.
  • Only the grit was useful, mostly for industrial applications such as dental drills and hacksaw blades.
  • Below, a note advises check writers to use their dental records in lieu of the usual forms of identification.
  • Tells about dental-hygiene gifts such as flavored toothpastes and dental flosses.
  • Scrupulous dental care can help avert tooth loss, but growing old gets in the way.
  • Ancient humans' lax dental hygiene has been a boon for researchers looking for clues about early diets.
  • The other giveaway of their abrasive choice of food is the orcas' dental wear and tear.
  • Still, adding fluoride to drinking water to promote dental health is a myth.
  • Fluoride is added purposefully to tap water to help dental hygiene.
  • And every year she came back with a clean bill of dental health: no fillings necessary.
British Dictionary definitions for dental


of or relating to the teeth
of or relating to dentistry
  1. pronounced or articulated with the tip of the tongue touching the backs of the upper teeth, as for t in French tout
  2. (esp in the phonology of some languages, such as English) another word for alveolar
(phonetics) a dental consonant
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin dentālis, from Latin dens tooth
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Word Origin and History for dental

1590s, from Middle French dental "of teeth" or Medieval Latin dentalis, from Latin dens (genitive dentis) "tooth," from PIE root *dent- (see tooth).

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dental in Medicine

dental den·tal (děn'tl)

  1. Of, relating to, or for the teeth.

  2. Of, relating to, or intended for dentistry.

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dental in Science
Relating to the teeth.
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