den·​tal | \ ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce dental (audio) \

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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Other Words from dental


dentally \ ˈden-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce dentally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of dental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fifteen individuals who were treated at the dental office of Dr. John Vecchione in Budd Lake between 2012 and 2014 suffered from bacterial endocarditis. Monica Haider, CNN, "New Jersey dentist suspended after 1 patient dies and 14 others suffer heart infections," 4 Feb. 2020 Woodward spent a year in the Sentinel’s Rockville newsroom (co-located with the late owner Bernard Kapiloff’s dental office) learning how to be an investigative reporter. Washington Post, "The end comes for another local newspaper, 165 years after it began," 30 Jan. 2020 Carolyn Hills sought treatment from a Prescott dental office that touts holistic methods and nontoxic medicine. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Prescott woman pays $15K for dental work, then has to go to 2nd dentist for repairs," 30 Jan. 2020 Remember: The company's stock has plunged because of concerns about intense competition in the dental care industry. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Investors are selling oil again. Here's why," 7 Jan. 2020 On Monday, Affleck, 47, who frequently posts on Instagram about charities that are near and dear to his heart, shed some light on a particular partnership that helps provide dental care to those in need. Maria Pasquini,, "Ben Affleck Shares Smiling Photos from Charity Event: ‘It Was a Pleasure to Be a Part of This’," 30 Dec. 2019 Medicare does not cover routine dental care, including cleanings, fillings and dentures. Elisha Brown, New York Times, "A Smile Restored, and a Life Reclaimed," 10 Dec. 2019 The program helps with paying medical bills from doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital treatments, pregnancy services, dental care, mental health, substance abuse treatment and immunizations. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Where to get help paying your medical bill: Health Matters," 1 Dec. 2019 Some Medicare Advantage Plans also include coverage for routine vision care, dental care, gym memberships, meal delivery, and prescription drugs – services not covered by original Medicare. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner,, "Simply Money: Pros and cons of Medicare Advantage Plans," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mayberry’s remains were sent to Huntsville for autopsy and dental records confirmed the remains to be those of Mayberry. Carol Robinson |, al, "Decomposed remains of missing Walker County man found in wooded area," 3 Feb. 2020 The health fair will provide free screenings like dental, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) as preventative care and also educate about ways to stay healthy like exercising or building better eating habits. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "UTHealth puts on free health fair in Houston’s Jensen community," 10 Jan. 2020 Optional benefits include health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and supplemental retirement programs. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Employment opportunities aided by colleges," 16 Nov. 2019 Interns can also take advantage of benefits like health, dental and eye insurance during their time at the company. Dina Litovsky For Cnn, CNN, "We spent a day shadowing Google interns. Here's what it's really like," 2 Oct. 2019 But Pelosi would go much further, authorizing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and plowing back the savings to provide seniors with new dental, hearing and vision coverage. CBS News, "Trump administration takes step forward on Canada prescription drug import proposal," 18 Dec. 2019 The House bill would plan to invest those savings back into Medicare by creating new dental, hearing and vision benefits in the program. Bob Murphy, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The U.S. House, DeGette and Perlmutter, are fighting Big Pharma’s prices," 16 Dec. 2019 Some weeks include clinics for dental, eyes or women's health. Jenna Watson, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis church is also a clinic for the poor. Now it has even bigger plans.," 12 Dec. 2019 Restrictions include power shave, power dental, hair appliances, and Harry or Flamingo shaving products. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Target's Gift Card Deal Returns This Weekend, and You Bet We're Taking Advantage," 6 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of dental was in 1594

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce dental (audio) \

Kids Definition of dental

: relating to the teeth or dentistry


den·​tal | \ ˈdent-ᵊl How to pronounce dental (audio) \

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

Other Words from dental

dentally \ -​ē How to pronounce dentally (audio) \ adverb

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