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

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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 The patient later died from a morphine overdose allegedly tied to one of the dentist's prescriptions, according to the Justice Department. Robert Legare, CBS News, 5 May 2022 One video shown to jurors depicted Rob visiting his dentist on Dec. 16, 2016, the next day, smiling and appearing uninjured with Chyna by his side. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2022 Kris gave me my doctor, my dentist, my kids’s school, the full lot. ELLE, 1 Apr. 2022 My dentist prescribed me a mouthguard to wear at night. Zoe Beaty,, 27 Feb. 2022 Strauss said one of the defendants, former Houston Rockets player Greg Smith, submitted $48,000 in invoices for root canals and sedation at a dentist's office in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 7 Oct. 2021 Kubitz now works at Southcentral Foundation as a pediatric dentist, and Fried worked remotely for a California tech company. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 At Charmoli’s trial, an insurance company executive testified that the average dentist in the state performs about six crown procedures per 100 patients, whereas Charmoli did more than 32, according to the Journal Sentinel. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Her mother supported her all the way, never letting on if money was tight for a single parent who was a dentist in Honduras but is underemployed here, in a medical assistant job. Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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The first known use of dentist was circa 1746

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25 May 2022

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“Dentist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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