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 dental (audio) \ adverb

Examples of dental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Petey, a chihuahua mix, is receiving dental care and will be available for adoption soon by this coming week. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Dogs of Plano crossing guard who died of COVID-19 taken in by Operation Kindness," 5 Feb. 2021 Senior pet exams are similar to those for younger pets, but are more in depth and may include dental care, blood work and specific checks for signs of diseases that are more likely in older pets. Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "Caring for your senior dog," 8 Jan. 2021 However, forms of health care such as dental care are expensive and inaccessible for the homeless. Tribune News Service, al, "Decatur homeless numbers swell during pandemic," 3 Jan. 2021 At the low point, in April, health care providers in the state had shed about 30,000 jobs — nearly 8% of the 377,000-person workforce that existed three months earlier, with the steepest declines in dental offices and physician practices. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, "COVID takes bite out of Minnesota health care labor market," 24 Jan. 2021 Currently, 18% to 20% of dental practices are affiliated with DSOs. Fortune, "Inside American dentistry’s identity crisis," 27 Oct. 2020 Rates of Covid-19 among dentists were low in the late spring, as dental practices reopened and patients returned, a report published Thursday from the American Dental Association suggests. NBC News, "As dentists reopened in late spring, very few got Covid-19, survey finds," 15 Oct. 2020 The issue at hand is, many of today’s dental practices create numerous aerosols. James T. Norman,, "Mundelein dentist upgrades practice to combat coronavirus," 7 Aug. 2020 Some dental offices will make custom trays that help users to achieve better results. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "The best at-home teeth whitening products, according to dentists," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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20 Feb 2021

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“Dental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 dental (audio) \ adverb

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