dentist

noun
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

His dentist referred him to an ear, nose, and throat doctor, who did a biopsy, which was inconclusive. Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US," 21 Aug. 2019 If the sensitivity persists beyond that, consult your dentist. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "Crest Whitestrips Almost Never Go On Sale — So This Amazon Prime Day Deal Is Huge," 15 July 2019 Just as the Impressionist paintings reproduced on my old dentist's ceiling were enduring artworks reduced by overfamiliarity to kitschy cliches, the best nature documentaries deserve to be rescued from overfamiliarity. Sebastian Smee, chicagotribune.com, "Are nature documentaries the greatest art of our time?," 11 July 2019 It was doled out in a tiny plastic cup, similar to the size my dentist offers for rinsing out toothpaste. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "It’s Time to Start Traveling With a Collapsible Water Bottle," 27 June 2019 On Harris' line alone, there are 10 attorneys, a sitting judge, a doctor and a dentist. Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY, "Kamala Harris and Alpha Kappa Alpha: Black sorority was a source for life lessons, sisterhood," 20 July 2019 To qualify for the program, physicians and dentists must pledge 30% of their caseloads will be focused on low-income Medi-Cal patients for a five year period. Chris Morris, Fortune, "California Is Paying Off Med School Debt to Recruit Doctors," 17 July 2019 Ruiz was among the first physicians and dentists told this month that their medical school debt was being paid off by the state. Los Angeles Times, "California doesn’t have enough doctors. To recruit them, the state is paying off medical school debt," 16 July 2019 Did all this help with my dread of the dentist’s chair? Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Are nature documentaries the greatest art of our time?," 9 July 2019

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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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dentist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dentist

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

dentist

noun
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

dentist

noun
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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