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[per-ee-uh-don-tl] /ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn tl/
adjective, Dentistry.
of or relating to the periodontium.
of or relating to periodontics.
of or relating to the periodontal membrane.
Also, peridental.
1850-55; peri- + -odont + -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for periodontal
  • For example, one team of students in our program developed a method for diagnosing periodontal disease.
  • Gum inflammation and ulcers are common and not all people with these problems develop periodontal disease.
  • periodontal disease is marked by bacterial overgrowth.
  • The ultimate outcome of uncontrolled periodontal disease is tooth loss.
  • Anyone with periodontal disease should not rely on this product alone.
  • These drugs are used not only for relieving pain in periodontal disease but also for slowing the disease process.
  • periodontal ligaments connect the alveolar bone to the cementum.
British Dictionary definitions for periodontal


of, denoting, or affecting the gums and other tissues surrounding the teeth: periodontal disease
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Word Origin and History for periodontal

1848, literally "around the tooth," from peri- + Greek odon (genitive odontos) "tooth" (see tooth).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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periodontal in Medicine

periodontal per·i·o·don·tal (pěr'ē-ə-dŏn'tl)

  1. Surrounding or encasing a tooth.

  2. Relating to or affecting tissues and structures surrounding and supporting the teeth.

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