teeth·​ing | \ ˈtē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce teething (audio) \

Definition of teething

1 : the first growth of teeth
2 : the phenomena accompanying growth of teeth through the gums

Examples of teething in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even before the suspension, the U.K.-based company’s shot, jointly developed with the University of Oxford, had grappled with production delays, which the company attributed in part to typical teething issues with a new product. John Follain, Fortune, "European health ministers to discuss AstraZeneca vaccine after several countries halt roll out," 16 Mar. 2021 Last month, Fynbo launched a new Busy Baby product, a teething spoon. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Why a Minnesota entrepreneur walked away from an offer on 'Shark Tank'," 8 Mar. 2021 For instance, in 2016, the FDA reported that homeopathic teething gels and tablets had been linked to the deaths of 10 babies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Homeopaths sell injections containing strychnine, lead, mercury. Seriously," 16 June 2020 Like most amber teething jewelry, Wilkes’s products are made from fossilized tree resin mined from the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, New York Times, "The Trouble With Amber Teething Necklaces," 18 Apr. 2020 In 2010, eight times as many Sophie the Giraffe teething toys were sold in France alone as there are actual remaining giraffes. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020 There have been some teething problems: Vague gossip about injuries, social media gripes from pedestrians about rude young scooter hoodlums, complaints about scofflaws not obeying the rules of the road. al, "So, what’s it like to ride a Gotcha scooter in Mobile?," 10 Jan. 2020 With Ajax losing several of last season's star players, Chelsea suffering teething problems with Frank Lampard as its new manager and the seemingly never-ending turmoil at Valencia, Fonte believes a place in the round of 16 is there for the taking. Matias Grez, CNN, "How football "art" helped Lille return to the big time," 16 Sep. 2019 While sports such as cricket and rugby have managed to use video technology without too much controversy in recent years, the Premier League appears to be having teething problems in these early stages. James Masters, CNN, "Has football gone too VAR?," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of teething

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teething.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teething. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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teeth·​ing | \ ˈtē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce teething (audio) \

Medical Definition of teething

1 : the first growth of teeth
2 : the phenomena accompanying the growth of teeth through the gums

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