dentition

dentition

[den-tish-uhn]
noun
1.
the makeup of a set of teeth including their kind, number, and arrangement.
2.
the eruption or cutting of the teeth; teething; odontiasis.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin dentītiōn- (stem of dentītiō), equivalent to dentīt(us) (past participle of dentīre to cut teeth, teethe) + -iōn- -ion

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dentition (dɛnˈtɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the arrangement, type, and number of the teeth in a particular species. Man has a primary dentition of deciduous teeth and a secondary dentition of permanent teeth
2.  teething or the time or process of teething
 
[C17: from Latin dentītiō a teething]

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dentition
1610s, "teething, the cutting of teeth," from L. dentitionem "teething," noun of action from dentire "to cut the teeth," from dentem (nom. dens) "tooth" (see tooth). Meaning "arrangement of teeth" is from 1849.
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dentition den·ti·tion (děn-tĭsh'ən)
n.

  1. The natural teeth, considered collectively, in the dental arch.

  2. The type, number, and arrangement of a set of teeth.

  3. The process of growing new teeth; teething.

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dentition   (děn-tĭsh'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
The type, number, and arrangement of teeth in an animal species. In mammals, dentition consists of several different types of teeth, including incisors, canines, and molars. The dentition of toothed fish and reptiles usually consists of only one kind of tooth.
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