or·​tho·​don·​tics | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈdän-tiks \

Definition of orthodontics

: a branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth (such as malocclusion) and their correction (as by braces) also : the treatment provided by a specialist in orthodontics

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Other Words from orthodontics

orthodontic \ ˌȯr-​thə-​ˈdän-​tik \ adjective
orthodontically \ ˌȯr-​thə-​ˈdän-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
orthodontist \ ˌȯr-​thə-​ˈdän-​tist \ noun

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The people in the photograph include Dr. Flavio Uribe, an assistant professor and orthodontics program director at UConn Health and a visiting associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine. CBS News, "Dental students at Yale took selfie with severed heads: AP," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of orthodontics

1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of orthodontics

: a branch of dentistry that deals with helping teeth to grow straight
orth·​odon·​tics | \ -ˈdänt-iks \

Medical Definition of orthodontics

1 : a branch of dentistry dealing with irregularities of the teeth and their correction (as by means of braces)
2 : the treatment provided by an orthodontist

Other Words from orthodontics

orthodontic \ -​ik \ adjective
orthodontically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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