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

Other Words from dental


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

Examples of dental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On Monday, Jorge Gomez took the reins as the finance chief of the biotech success story Moderna Inc., MRNA -5.97%▼ leaving behind the less flashy world of dental products at his previous employer, Dentsply Sirona Inc. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 11 May 2022 She was only identified by dental records and a small tattoo, investigators said. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 Over-the-counter medications, including pain medications, eye drops, dental products, antacids and other medications for both adults and children. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 18 Feb. 2022 His father, Nathan Abraham Oscher, owned a dental products business; his mother, Mildred Marie (Hansen) Oscher, was a homemaker who later worked in local and state politics. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 Sustainable dental hygiene products Take this as your sign to swap out your toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash for plastic-free alternatives. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2021 The couple began collecting and distributing clothing, shoes and toys as well as dental care products to the needy in Ghana. Holly Haber, Dallas News, 3 Feb. 2021 Electrical engineer David Giuliani and doctors David Engel and Roy Martin founded their company GEMTech in 1987 to promote their new dental hygiene products that focused on cleaning teeth using piezoelectric transducers. Popular Science, 8 Dec. 2020 The explosion of services nationwide — dental care, tutoring, school supplies, arts programs, cabs — shows how often school systems act as de facto social services agencies. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Dental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dental


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 dental (audio) \ adverb

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