deciduous tooth


Definition of deciduous tooth

: a temporary tooth of a young mammal that in human dentition includes four incisors, two canines, and four molars in each jaw : baby tooth, milk tooth Occasionally, cats are born with duplicate or missing teeth, but the most common developmental problem is retained deciduous teeth— Drew Weigner Both sisters had severe dental caries as young children that necessitated the extraction of all deciduous teeth.— Christine M. Laine et al.

First Known Use of deciduous tooth

1755, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about deciduous tooth

Time Traveler for deciduous tooth

Time Traveler

The first known use of deciduous tooth was in 1755

See more words from the same year

Statistics for deciduous tooth

Cite this Entry

“Deciduous tooth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for deciduous tooth

deciduous tooth


Medical Definition of deciduous tooth

Comments on deciduous tooth

What made you want to look up deciduous tooth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!