den·​tist | \ ˈden-təst How to pronounce dentist (audio) \

Definition of dentist

: one who is skilled in and licensed to practice the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth

Examples of dentist in a Sentence

I saw her at the dentist last week. He goes to the dentist's for a check-up every six months.
Recent Examples on the Web At 25 points, surfing was somehow rated riskier than going to IKEA (20 points), which was only one point more than going to the dentist. Annie Vainshtein,, "How does an SF house with 11 roommates navigate the coronavirus? It’s complicated," 18 Sep. 2020 Court records show the dentist was due back in court Dec. 7, when he was expected to begin serving his sentence. NBC News, "Hoverboard-riding dentist sentenced to 12 years for Medicaid fraud," 17 Sep. 2020 Arthrex has donated to health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician and dentist offices, assisted living and long-term care facilities and first responders. Fortune, "How the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing have risen to the COVID-19 challenge," 10 Sep. 2020 But most parties aren't complete without a sweet birthday cake, singing, and blowing out candles — all activities that pose some COVID-19 risk on their own — and one dentist in Florida has thought of a small solution to make birthdays a bit sweeter. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "The Top It Cake Shield Aims to Protect Birthday Cakes from Flyaway Germs and Spit," 8 Sep. 2020 One such android, a dentist named Jared, begins to develop feelings. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: Yaa Gyasi's 'Transcendent Kingdom,' Emma Cline's 'Daddy'," 29 Aug. 2020 His son, David, who works as a dentist at Markiewicz Dental with his father, said his father had never shut his practice down in more than three decades of operation, missing vacation days and the birth of his children. James T. Norman,, "Mundelein dentist upgrades practice to combat coronavirus," 7 Aug. 2020 That health care professional could be a physician or a podiatrist, pharmacist, dentist, chiropractor or optometrist. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Should local health officials have the option to reject Ohio's mask mandate, other state orders?," 6 Aug. 2020 There are exceptions, including while swimming or visiting the dentist. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Wisconsin's governor makes face coverings mandatory in indoor spaces," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of dentist

circa 1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dentist

French dentiste, from dent

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21 Sep 2020

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“Dentist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dentist

: a person whose job is to care for people's teeth
: the place where a dentist works


den·​tist | \ ˈden-təst How to pronounce dentist (audio) \

Kids Definition of dentist

: a person whose profession is the care, treatment, and repair of the teeth


den·​tist | \ ˈdent-əst How to pronounce dentist (audio) \

Medical Definition of dentist

: a licensed practitioner who is skilled in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth

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