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tartar

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noun tar·tar \ˈtär-tər\

Definition of tartar

  1. 1 :  an incrustation on the teeth consisting of plaque that has become hardened by the deposition of mineral salts (such as calcium carbonate)

  2. 2 :  a substance consisting essentially of cream of tartar that is derived from the juice of grapes and deposited in wine casks together with yeast and other suspended matters as a pale or dark reddish crust or sediment; especially :  a recrystallized product yielding cream of tartar on further purification

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Origin and Etymology of tartar

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin tartarum


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tartar

noun tar·tar

Definition of tartar

  1. 1 capitalized :  a native or inhabitant of Tartary

  2. 2 capitalized :  tatar 2

  3. 3 often capitalized :  a person of irritable or violent temper

  4. 4 :  one that proves to be unexpectedly formidable

Tartar

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Tartarian

play \tär-ˈter-ē-ən\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of tartar

Middle English Tartre, from Middle French Tartare, probably from Medieval Latin Tartarus, modification of Persian Tātār — more at tatar


TARTAR Defined for Kids

tartar

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noun tar·tar \ˈtär-tər\

Definition of tartar for Students

  1. :  a crust that forms on the teeth and consists of plaque that has become hardened by the deposit of calcium-containing salts


Medical Dictionary

tartar

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noun tar·tar \ˈtärt-ər\

Medical Definition of tartar

  1. :  an incrustation on the teeth consisting of plaque that has become hardened by the deposition of mineral salts (as calcium carbonate)



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