milk tooth

noun

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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1738

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milk tooth

noun

Definition of milk tooth for Students

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

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milk tooth

noun

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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