dental

adjective
den·​tal | \ ˈden-tᵊl \

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

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Other Words from dental

Adjective

dentally \ -​ē \ adverb

Examples of dental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Investigators used dental records to make a positive identification. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Remains found at Georgia landfill ID'd as missing woman thanks to her distinctive tattoos," 6 Sep. 2018 Many went to a police hospital where authorities asked they provide medical and dental records and samples for DNA testing to help with identification of victims. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers," 30 Oct. 2018 In addition to practicing good dental hygiene, the American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist for regular visits. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It Actually Possible to Get Rid of Cavities Without Fillings?," 17 Oct. 2018 Having a doctor that is aware of your family’s particular needs can take a lot of stress out of planning and attending to your dental hygiene. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 No gift certificates for dental-hygiene clinics or health farms. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018 People were beginning to understand dental hygiene: The idea of looking after your teeth really comes along in the 19th century. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "This Exhibition Has Real Bite," 7 June 2018 The school’s dental hygiene and funeral services education will transition to other colleges that were not identified in the letter. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass Amherst closes deal on acquisition of Mount Ida College," 18 May 2018 Another Massachusetts school, Regis College, has agreed to accept students in dental hygiene from Mount Ida, pending regulatory approval. Washington Post, "College officials may face subpoenas from panel on closure," 16 May 2018

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

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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

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The first known use of dental was in 1594

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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 \

Kids Definition of dental

: relating to the teeth or dentistry

dental

adjective
den·​tal | \ ˈdent-ᵊl \

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 \ adverb

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