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[den-cher] /ˈdɛn tʃər/
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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Examples from the web for dentures
  • The change from teeth to dentures struck my brother and me as both grave and ribald.
  • 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.
  • Keep dentures, retainers, and other appliances clean.
  • Unchecked, dental decay can cause debilitating pain, tooth loss and the need for dentures.
British Dictionary definitions for dentures


noun (usually pl)
Also called dental plate, false teeth. a partial or full set of artificial teeth
(rare) a set of natural teeth
Word Origin
C19: from French, from dent tooth + -ure
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Word Origin and History for dentures



1874, from French denture "set of teeth," from Latin dens (genitive dentis, "tooth;" see tooth) + -ure (see -ure). In Middle English, the word meant "an indenture; a zigzag course" (c.1400).

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dentures in Medicine

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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Encyclopedia Article for dentures


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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