milk tooth


Definition of milk tooth

: a temporary tooth of a young mammal that in human dentition includes four incisors, two canines, and four molars in each jaw : baby tooth, deciduous tooth Whereas most mammals retain their milk teeth for months, some bat species lose these teeth soon after birth and have adult dentition even before they are weaned.— Rick A. Adams and Scott C. Pedersen … a restless, rambunctious boy, who at the beginning of the year had lost two front milk teeth that still showed no signs of being replaced by adult ones.— Edwidge Danticat

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Recent Examples on the Web Relatives came in and out, helping with the children and watching as Youssef grew milk teeth and Samer went to school and adjusted to life in a strange country. Greg Betza, Washington Post, "Syria, a love story," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of milk tooth

1738, in the meaning defined above

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“Milk tooth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for milk tooth

milk tooth

plural milk teeth

Kids Definition of milk tooth

: one of the first and temporary teeth of which humans grow 20

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Medical Definition of milk tooth

: a temporary tooth of a young mammal especially : one of the human dentition including four incisors, two canines, and four molars in each jaw which fall out during childhood and are replaced by the permanent teeth

called also baby tooth, deciduous tooth, primary tooth

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