dental

adjective
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

dental

noun

Definition of dental (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dental consonant

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from dental

Adjective

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

Examples of dental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The plans are still nascent, but look at what the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce is offering: nine plan choices; dental, vision and life coverage available; pre-existing conditions covered; and more, with premium rates locked in for two years. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Health-Care Progress," 4 Nov. 2018 Nurses will administer the required school hearing, dental, vision and BMI/nutrition screenings for a $50 fee, according to a Health Department announcement. David Ibata, ajc, "Cherokee sets ‘Back to School’ health clinics," 2 July 2018 Mac Donald’s remains were identified using anthropological, dental, and chest radiograph analysis, the release said. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "Remains of Somerville Marine killed in WWII to return to Mass. for burial," 15 June 2018 Delta Dental, the largest dental-plan organization in the U.S., surveyed more than 1,000 parents for the Original Tooth Fairy Poll. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Tooth Fairy is getting stingy, suggesting U.S. economy is headed for a recession," 27 Feb. 2018 The 34,000 square-foot center will include family medicine, an emergency room, specialty care services, dental, podiatry, physical therapy, laboratory, and conference and education rooms, Virtua said. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Virtua tops off new health and wellness center in Camden," 22 Feb. 2018 There is medical, dental, behavioral and women’s health services, opioid treatment, nutrition, wellness, and pain management. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "In Impoverished North Hartford, Wheeler's Ground-Breaking Health Clinic Meets A Critical Need," 25 Jan. 2018 And now, Kendall Jenner appears to be following in her sisters' footsteps, and has unveiled a line of dental care products. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Helped Launch Moon, a Dental Care Line Arriving Soon to Ulta," 23 Apr. 2019 In fact, one study demonstrated that beta-caryophyllene is almost as effective as CBD is in reducing dental pain. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since then, more than 740,000 people have received free dental, vision and medical care from Brock's clinics. Fox News, "Stan Brock, provider of mobile medical clinics, has died," 30 Aug. 2018 At the upscale Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey, pre-dental college student Calev Glick, 20, stopped by Indochino on a recent Friday to get measured for a suit for synagogue. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores," 12 Dec. 2018 Some companies offer benefits like health and dental insurance and a matching 401(k) plan. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "8 Easy Ways to Make Money Online," 12 June 2018 Some companies offer benefits like health and dental insurance and a matching 401(k) plan. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "8 Easy Ways to Make Money Online," 12 June 2018 These clinics — which provide preventive care and dental services to about 27 million low-income Americans — also enjoy mandatory spending status. Washington Post, "The Health 202: How the government shutdown could affect your health care (or not)," 22 Jan. 2018 The premiere presents two dentists who raised alarms about a pediatric dental chain. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dental.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dental

Adjective

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dental

Adjective

Latin dentalis, from dent-, dens

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dental

Dictionary Entries near dental

dent

dent-

Dent

dental

dentale

dental floss

dental hygienist

Statistics for dental

Last Updated

19 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dental

The first known use of dental was in 1594

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dental

dental

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dental

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

dental

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

Kids Definition of dental

: relating to the teeth or dentistry

dental

adjective
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dental

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dental

Spanish Central: Translation of dental

Nglish: Translation of dental for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of dental for Arabic Speakers

Comments on dental

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a sum of money that is sent as a payment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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