dentist

noun
den·tist | \ˈden-təst \

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.

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Unlike Greenwald, who had 30 years of dentistry under his belt, Kool Smiles recruits were mostly young, inexperienced dentists and recent immigrants. CBS News, ""Whistleblower": Former employees take on pediatric dental chain when they suspect the company of wrongdoing," 13 July 2018 In addition, the bill would impose a $75 surcharge on professional licenses for doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and other providers, generating another $46 million over three years. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. House seeks $450 million to prop up struggling community hospitals," 18 June 2018 For now, only 7 percent of Yelp’s roughly 150 million total reviews concern health care: doctors, dentists, hospitals, acupuncturists and reiki practitioners, along with assisted living and nursing homes. sandiegouniontribune.com, "No luck finding the right nursing home? Maybe Yelp can help," 15 May 2018 For now, only 7 percent of Yelp’s roughly 150 million total reviews concern health care: doctors, dentists, hospitals, acupuncturists and reiki practitioners, along with assisted living and nursing homes. New York Times, "No Luck Finding the Right Nursing Home? Maybe Yelp Can Help," 11 May 2018 Monetas’ office, in a five-story building, occupied rooms on a floor beneath the canton’s tax authorities and its government accountability office; the other tenants were dentists, and the corridors had a sharp antiseptic smell. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Adults and children 5 and older can receive dental, health and vision exams from area physicians, dentists, ophthalmologists, chiropractors, massage therapists and registered nurses. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 1 June 2018 In 2012 Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist, died of septic shock in Galway after being refused a termination. The Economist, "Ireland votes solidly to allow abortion," 31 May 2018 On her most recent trip, Calabrese was one of two dentists to volunteer. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Mayfield Heights dentist travels to Belize to offer her services to children in need," 7 May 2018

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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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Phrases Related to dentist

the dentist

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dentist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dentist

: a person whose job is to care for people's teeth

the dentist : the place where a dentist works

dentist

noun
den·tist | \ˈden-təst \

Kids Definition of dentist

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

dentist

noun
den·tist | \ˈdent-əst \

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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