toothache

noun
tooth·​ache | \ ˈtüth-ˌāk How to pronounce toothache (audio) \

Definition of toothache

: pain in or about a tooth

Examples of toothache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Antetokounmpo was listed on Monday morning's injury report as probable for the game against Toronto due to a toothache. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokounmpo out vs. Raptors due to dental surgery; return timeline unknown," 10 Aug. 2020 Dentists are essential — as anyone who has ever had a toothache knows — but most dental offices in Indiana shut their doors except for emergencies for several weeks to help preserve personal protective equipment supplies. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "After the coronavirus pandemic, going to the doctor or dentist may never be the same," 28 May 2020 Since then, the plant has been used around the world as a traditional remedy for not only colds and flu, but also a variety conditions such as constipation, toothaches, sprains, dislocations, hemorrhoids, burns, insect bites and rashes. Mary Pembleton, New York Times, "Can Elderberry Treat the Flu?," 17 Apr. 2020 In any given moment, one woman’s palliative might be another’s saccharine TV toothache. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Why You Can’t Stop Streaming Seinfeld. Or Frasier. Or Bones.," 22 Mar. 2020 The patient featured in the new case report developed methemoglobinemia after using medication to treat a toothache. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "What is Methemoglobinemia? What to Know About the Rare Disorder That Turned One Woman’s Blood Blue," 19 Sep. 2019 Numbing medication caused her reaction In his patient’s case, her reaction was caused by benzocaine, an active ingredient found in over-the-counter toothache and cold sore medicine. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A woman used a numbing agent to treat a toothache. The next day her blood turned blue," 19 Sep. 2019 It was prescribed for toothaches, skin conditions, and the plague. Wired, "Does the FDA Even Regulate E-Cigs? Actually Kinda Not," 18 Sep. 2019 One person told me of their constant complaints of a toothache that went unanswered. Denise S. Maes, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The GEO Group is operating its Aurora facility like a prison — most detainees aren’t violent criminals," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of toothache

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Toothache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toothache. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for toothache

toothache

noun
How to pronounce toothache (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toothache

: pain in or near a tooth

toothache

noun
tooth·​ache | \ ˈtüth-ˌāk How to pronounce toothache (audio) \

Kids Definition of toothache

: pain in or near a tooth

toothache

noun
tooth·​ache | \ ˈtüth-ˌāk How to pronounce toothache (audio) \

Medical Definition of toothache

: pain in or about a tooth

called also odontalgia

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