den·​tist·​ry | \ ˈden-tə-strē How to pronounce dentistry (audio) \

Definition of dentistry

: the art or profession of a dentist

Examples of dentistry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nobody had to resort to making friends with a volleyball or doing their own dentistry. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Modern Robinson Crusoe(s)," 14 Feb. 2021 The building where the shooting happened offers services including dentistry, vision and family medicine. oregonlive, "Vancouver hospital identifies woman shot and killed in lobby," 24 Dec. 2020 Jennifer Enich is practicing general dentistry in her hometown of Chisholm, and Gretchen Kreklow began work in Ely. Star Tribune, "Minnesota briefs: Top candidate declines Brainerd police chief job," 9 Jan. 2021 The building where the shooting occurred -- which offers PeaceHealth Services including dentistry, vision and family medicine -- and the hospital itself were put on lockdown while police investigated. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Suspect shot, killed Vancouver medical clinic front-desk worker then killed himself, police say," 24 Dec. 2020 Trade groups and labor unions are actively lobbying for earlier slots for their members working in law enforcement, agriculture, meatpacking, dentistry, child care, schooling and many other sectors. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "Who will be at the front of the line for vaccines in California? Here’s what we know," 14 Dec. 2020 Robert all later became doctors of medicine or dentistry. Mike Rodak |, al, "Does Alabama finally have a good kicker and could it help in Iron Bowl?," 24 Nov. 2020 About 3,800 students are enrolled in LSU’s six local health sciences schools, including medicine, nursing, dentistry and public health. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "After delays, LSU Health starts work on first new New Orleans student housing in 50 years," 13 Nov. 2020 Profession Insurance Exchange Mutual, Utah’s largest dental malpractice insurance company, chipped in about 21% of the total to Alvord, who became CEO there after selling his private dentistry practice earlier this year. Sydnee Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake County Democratic candidates far ahead in campaign fundraising," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dentistry

1838, in the meaning defined above

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19 Feb 2021

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“Dentistry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dentistry

: the work that a dentist does


den·​tist·​ry | \ ˈden-tə-strē How to pronounce dentistry (audio) \

Kids Definition of dentistry

: the profession or practice of a dentist


den·​tist·​ry | \ ˈdent-ə-strē How to pronounce dentistry (audio) \
plural dentistries

Medical Definition of dentistry

: the art or profession of a dentist

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