scaler

noun
scal·​er | \ ˈskā-lər How to pronounce scaler (audio) \

Definition of scaler

1 : one that scales
2 : a dental instrument for removing tartar from teeth

Examples of scaler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Foley said Kaiser also held its own, small-scaler clinic last weekend to prepare and as is pleased with the results. oregonlive, "Salem mass vaccine clinic off to inconsistent start as state’s largest clinic set to open in Portland," 20 Jan. 2021 Tiersky adds that your dentist might avoid using one specific dental tool, an ultrasonic scaler, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, "With coronavirus cases at an all-time high, some patients are nervous about going to the dentist," 19 Dec. 2020 Some offices may still not be using the ultrasonic scaler for cleanings. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, "With coronavirus cases at an all-time high, some patients are nervous about going to the dentist," 19 Dec. 2020 The board bolstered the quality of personal protective equipment that offices must supply during procedures in which drills, electric brushes, scalers and suction devices can spew patients’ saliva, mucus and blood into the air. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Coronavirus mask edict tightened for dental offices — at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s insistence," 1 May 2020 While toothbrushing and flossing help, the best way to remove biofilm like dental plaque is for a professional such as a dentist or hygienist to remove it with sharp instruments or ultrasonic scalers. Frank Scannapieco, The Conversation, "Lack of toothbrushing for seniors in nursing homes may sound gross, but it’s a serious health risk," 17 Sep. 2019 One of the most crucial jobs in construction was that of the high scaler. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 High scalers would use ropes to climb down the canyon walls to strip away rock. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 During the midst of construction, these walls were festooned with live wires, creating a maze high scalers had to navigate. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of scaler

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Feb 2021

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“Scaler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scaler. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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scaler

noun
scal·​er | \ ˈskā-lər How to pronounce scaler (audio) \

Medical Definition of scaler

: any of various dental instruments for removing tartar from teeth

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