oc·​clu·​sal ə-ˈklü-səl How to pronounce occlusal (audio)
: of or relating to the grinding or biting surface of a tooth or to occlusion of the teeth

Examples of occlusal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your dentist does not have a T-Scan occlusal analysis system, he or she is limited to using articulating paper (a type of carbon paper) to adjust occlusion and bite interferences. Dr. Tom A. Stamas, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of occlusal was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Occlusal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occlusal. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


oc·​clu·​sal ə-ˈklü-səl, ä-, -zəl How to pronounce occlusal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the grinding or biting surface of a tooth
also : of or relating to occlusion of the teeth
occlusal abnormalities
occlusally adverb
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