eden·​tu·​lous | \ (ˌ)ē-ˈden-chə-ləs How to pronounce edentulous (audio) \

Definition of edentulous

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Edentulous comes to English directly from the Latin word edentulus, which in turn comes from the Latin prefix e-, meaning "missing" or "absent," and the Latin root dent-, meaning "tooth." This root is at work in many familiar English words that relate to teeth, including "dental," "dentist," and "denture." It is also found in "edentate," a less common word that functions as a noun referring to an order of mammals with few or no teeth (e.g. sloths and armadillos), and as an adjective describing such mammals. "Edentate" is also sometimes used as a synonym of "edentulous."

First Known Use of edentulous

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for edentulous

Latin edentulus, from e- + dent-, dens

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“Edentulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edentulous. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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