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

Mary provided details on how to get Ricky's dental records and other key information. CBS News, ""To the families we owe justice": Inside NCIS' relentless quest to solve two cold case murders of Navy dependents," 3 July 2019 Johnson died in the fire and had to be identified from dental records. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Widow of truck driver files lawsuit over fiery I-94 truck crash in Racine County," 28 June 2019 There, forensic anthropologists will use DNA, dental records and other evidence to try and identify the remains. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Remains of 30 Service Members Killed in WWII Unearthed at Tarawa," 28 June 2019 Military forensic anthropologists will then work to identify them using dental records, DNA, and other clues. Audrey Mcavoy,, "Graves of US WWII servicemen found on remote Pacific island," 26 June 2019 In others dental records made identification of badly charred remains possible. Steven Goode,, "Judge delays ruling in efforts to identify unknown victims of 1944 Hartford Circus Fire," 17 June 2019 Evidence—clothes, documents—is preserved, identifying marks—scars, tattoos, dental records—noted, witness statements taken, DNA extracted and stored. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 A month later, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office identified them, although investigators were unable to use dental records or DNA because of the condition of the remains, state police said in a statement., "A Mouseketeer mystery: Dennis Day’s extraordinary life and heartbreaking death," 6 July 2019 That equates to paying $676-a-year more at the undergraduate level, $660 more at the graduate level and over $1,000 more for people in Louisville's law, medical or dental schools. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "It will cost more to attend the University of Louisville this fall," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These prehistoric dental records may hold the key to when this monster shark went extinct and why. Dan Snierson,, "Shark Week 2019 schedule: Your guide to all 18 specials," 10 July 2019 In February 2000, dental records confirmed what the Wiltrout family had feared. CBS News, ""To the families we owe justice": Inside NCIS' relentless quest to solve two cold case murders of Navy dependents," 3 July 2019 Vega employees are offered a range of health, dental and vision benefits. Randy Tucker,, "Top Workplaces: BRG Realty, Vega Americas and Indian Hill schools top midsize list," 5 June 2019 The visit is no more dangerous from a radiation standpoint than an intercontinental flight or dental X-rays. Dallas News, "Decades after nuclear disaster, tourism is booming at Chernobyl," 18 June 2019 There are also sisters Ursula (Cassandra Ciangherotti), a tortured artist-slash-dental-assistant, and Tati (Ana Fabrega), the group’s unofficial test dummy and lovable dunce. Jason Parham, WIRED, "The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys," 14 June 2019 The employee portion of health, dental, vision, basic life, short-term and long-term disability, and AD&D insurance is covered 100 percent by the company. Debra Gelbart, azcentral, "Equity Methods – Small Company Winner," 13 June 2019 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

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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 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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