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full denture

noun
1.
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denture

[den-cher] /ˈdɛn tʃər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a set of teeth.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < French, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -ure -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for full denture

denture

/ˈdɛntʃə/
noun (usually pl)
1.
Also called dental plate, false teeth. a partial or full set of artificial teeth
2.
(rare) a set of natural teeth
Word Origin
C19: from French, from dent tooth + -ure
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Word Origin and History for full denture

denture

n.

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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full denture in Medicine

full denture n.
See complete denture.

denture den·ture (děn'chər)
n.

  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 full denture

denture

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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