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.

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The others were Jerry Coleman, who died in 2014, and Bobby Brown, who later became a dentist and president of the American League. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Charlie Silvera, San Francisco native and longtime Yankees backup catcher, dies at 94," 9 Sep. 2019 During those decades, the weeping fig, often called a ficus plant, experienced an initial wave of popularity that landed it in rumpus rooms and dentist offices around the country. Los Angeles Times, "How the weeping fig became the ‘It’ plant of the gardening world (again)," 15 Aug. 2019 Among the victims was Hunter’s dentist and a member of his legislative staff. Lynn Arditi, ProPublica, "Going Quiet: More States Are Hiding 911 Recordings From Families, Lawyers and the General Public," 16 July 2019 Her photos and videos from the French company Tuto Photos in Roubaix, France, show her twirling in a wedding gown, walking spaniels in a meadow, getting her teeth checked at the dentist and working in a warehouse. CBS News, "Trump Facebook video ads appear to use stock models," 3 July 2019 The program also offered cash to parents for maintaining employment or for visiting a dentist’s office. Slade Rand, courant.com, "Hartford Public Schools will pay incoming ninth-graders to attend new summer school program," 19 June 2019 Regular dental visits would have helped control the side effects of her medicine, dentists said. Juliana Kim, Washington Post, "Md. dental program for poor pays to remove teeth — but not replace them," 24 Aug. 2019 Regular dental visits would have helped control the side effects of her medicine, dentists said. Juliana Kim, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland’s new dental insurance program for low-income residents pays to remove teeth — but not replace them," 22 Aug. 2019 The American Dental Association said that after updating its guidelines advising against prescribing opioids, dentists wrote almost half a million fewer prescriptions in 2017 compared to five years earlier. CBS News, "Wisdom teeth removal is contributing to the opioid crisis, experts warn," 21 Aug. 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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