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edentate

[ee-den-teyt] /iˈdɛn teɪt/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Edentata, an order of New World mammals characterized by the absence of incisors and canines in the arrangement of teeth and comprising the armadillos, the sloths, and the South American anteaters.
2.
noun
3.
an edentate mammal.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin ēdentātus deprived of teeth, equivalent to ē- e-1 + dent- (stem of dēns) tooth + -ātus -ate1
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edentate

/iːˈdɛnteɪt/
noun
1.
any of the placental mammals that constitute the order Edentata, which inhabit tropical regions of Central and South America. The order includes anteaters, sloths, and armadillos
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the order Edentata
Word Origin
C19: from Latin ēdentātus lacking teeth, from ēdentāre to render toothless, from e- out + dēns tooth
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edentate in Medicine

edentate e·den·tate (ē-děn'tāt')
adj.
Lacking teeth.

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edentate in Science
edentate
  (ē-děn'tāt')   
Adjective  Lacking teeth.

Noun  Any of various mammals belonging to the order Xenarthra (or Edentata), having no front teeth and few or no back teeth. The lumbar vertebrae have extra joints, which add support during digging. Sloths, armadillos, and anteaters are edentates.
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