den·tal | \ ˈden-tᵊl \

Definition of dental 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the teeth or dentistry

2 : articulated with the tip or blade of the tongue against or near the upper front teeth



Definition of dental (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dental consonant

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dentally \ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Your dog's dental health will determine cleaning frequency, but annual exams and cleanings are generally recommended. USA TODAY, "Don't let puppy love blind you to the expense of having a dog," 22 June 2018 The nongovernmental organization provides medical and dental assistance to refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Bangladesh, in addition to Jordan. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Advocate humanitarian award, scholarship fund spotlight Christ Hospital's medical relief work," 4 July 2018 But the maneuver prodded the California medical and dental associations to respond. Melanie Mason,, "Healthcare groups want California voters to tax soda," 2 July 2018 Second, health-care systems should be required to create opioid stewardship programs that monitor the prescribing habits of providers, with the results reported to state medical and dental licensing boards. WSJ, "Should the Government Limit a Physician’s Ability to Treat Patients With Opioids?," 24 June 2018 In addition to standard benefits that include medical and dental, short / long term disability, paid time off, flexible hours and company holidays, etc. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 Among the other medical services the health director oversees is the city's Health Care for the Homeless program, which provides medical and dental services at two locations and treats about 5,000 clients annually. Kevin Litten,, "New Orleans starts hurricane season without a health director: why that matters," 1 June 2018 Just the FAQs Teachers are public employees and generally receive pension and insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision) that cover themselves and their families. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "How generous are teacher benefits and do they make up for lower pay?," 16 May 2018 The remains were buried in a shallow hole and the Lorain County coroner's office identified them through tattoos and dental records. Cory Shaffer,, "Elyria man sentenced for killing Tierra Bryant, who tried to pepper-spray and rob him," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The premiere presents two dentists who raised alarms about a pediatric dental chain. Hal Boedeker,, "'Jonestown: An American Tragedy,' Sacha Baron Cohen: This weekend," 13 July 2018 Vi’s generous employee benefits include comprehensive health, dental, vision, life, disability and 401(k) match. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 In 2014, the board passed a resolution for salaries and benefits for trustees that included medical and hospitalization insurance and dental and vision insurance. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Indicted Macomb Twp. trustee Bucci no-show at meetings, still gets paid," 21 May 2018 Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and was identified by the medical examiner through dental records, according to the statement. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "Driver killed in fiery Wilson Bridge tractor-trailer crash identified," 25 June 2018 Under Temple’s guidelines, doctors are discouraged from dispensing opioids to patients with acute or chronic dental or back pain, migraines, or chronic abdominal pain, and won’t prescribe opioids to patients who run out of pain meds. Aubrey Whelan,, "How the opioid crisis is changing how Philadelphia emergency room doctors care for patients," 29 May 2018 Some companies offer benefits like health and dental insurance and a matching 401(k) plan. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "8 Ways to Make Money Online," 3 Mar. 2015 Other monthly expenses include: $190 for health and dental insurance, $400 for groceries, $500 for restaurants and entertainment, $100 for car insurance and gas, $60 for cellphone, $75 for home insurance, and $450 for business expenses. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "A Desire to Save Money—While Traveling in a Tiny House," 10 June 2018 Benefits: Profit sharing; 401(k); health and dental; HSA plan; life insurance and voluntary life insurance for family. Sarah Brookbank,, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati winner: Kingsgate Logistics traces its family values to its roots," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of dental


1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dental


Latin dentalis, from dent-, dens

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English Language Learners Definition of dental

: of or relating to teeth or to the work dentists do


den·tal | \ ˈden-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of dental

: relating to the teeth or dentistry


den·tal | \ ˈdent-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of dental 

1 : relating to, specializing in, or used in dentistry dental surgery dental students

2 : relating to or used on the teeth dental paste

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