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partial denture

noun
1.
See under denture.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60

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
1870-75; < French, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -ure -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for partial-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 partial-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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partial-denture in Medicine

partial denture n.
A removable or fixed dental prosthesis that restores one or more, but less than all, of the natural teeth or associated parts and is supported by the teeth or the soft tissue. Also called bridgework.

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 partial-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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