periodontics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
peri·​odon·​tics | \ ˌper-ē-ō-ˈdän-tiks How to pronounce periodontics (audio) \

Definition of periodontics

: a branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the supporting and investing structures of the teeth including the gums, cementum, periodontal membranes, and alveolar bone

Other Words from periodontics

periodontist \ ˌper-​ē-​ō-​ˈdän-​tist How to pronounce periodontics (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of periodontics

circa 1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for periodontics

New Latin periodontium periodontal tissue, from peri- + Greek odont-, odous, odōn tooth — more at tooth

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The first known use of periodontics was circa 1944

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18 May 2021

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“Periodontics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/periodontics. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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periodontics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
peri·​odon·​tics | \ -ˈdänt-iks How to pronounce periodontics (audio) \

Medical Definition of periodontics

: a branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the supporting and investing structures of the teeth including the gums, cementum, periodontal ligaments, and alveolar bone

called also periodontia, periodontology

More from Merriam-Webster on periodontics

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about periodontics

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