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[den-tist] /ˈdɛn tɪst/
a person whose profession is dentistry.
Origin of dentist
1750-60; < French dentiste, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -iste -ist Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dentist
  • And you thought your visit to the dentist was painful.
  • If your dentist is suggesting you do one side at a time, it could be because s/he anticipates a longer recovery process.
  • The team dentist identified it as a secondary molar with part of its root missing.
  • The semi-annual trip to the dentist gets more interesting as more dentists go digital.
  • Remember too that horses need regular dentist and farrier checks, as well as whatever vaccinations are required.
  • Old style letters in a curve that reminded me of one a childhood dentist had on his wall.
  • It helps them find work and housing, and even offers a free trip to the dentist.
  • It's pure torture that not even the dentist can understand.
  • They should take this article to their pediatrician and dentist.
  • Well, other than the dentist trip you have tomorrow, you're doing fine.
British Dictionary definitions for dentist


a person qualified to practise dentistry
Word Origin
C18: from French dentiste, from dent tooth
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Word Origin and History for dentist

1759, from French dentiste, from dent "tooth," from Latin dens (see tooth) + -ist.

Dentist figures it now in our newspapers, and may do well enough for a French puffer, but we fancy Rutter is content with being called a tooth-drawer ["Edinburgh Chronicle," Sept. 15, 1759].
Tooth-drawer is attested from late 14c.

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dentist in Medicine

dentist den·tist (děn'tĭst)
A person who is trained and licensed to practice dentistry.

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