wisdom tooth


Definition of wisdom tooth

: the third molar that is the last tooth to erupt on each side of the upper and lower jaws in humans

Examples of wisdom tooth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lake Highlands restaurant owner Erin Willis marked time Monday morning in a waiting room while an oral surgeon removed her daughter’s wisdom teeth. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "‘If we all close, they literally have nothing’: Dallas restaurant owner faces tough decisions in fight to survive," 17 Mar. 2020 Told from the perspective of the wisdom tooth, their first love story grows so crooked that the cavity must be extracted -- leaving a lasting gap when the relationship ends. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s: Staff List," 25 Nov. 2019 The decedent had all his natural teeth at the time of his death but did not have his wisdom teeth. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Skeletal remains found in north Jeffco are those of a white male who has been dead for years; help sought with ID," 9 Mar. 2020 Purdy had his wisdom teeth surgically removed earlier in the day, before passing out in his kitchen. Richard Obert, azcentral, "All-Arizona quarterback Chubba Purdy has scare after passing out, hitting head," 18 Jan. 2020 Matt got more Vicodin a few years later when his wisdom teeth were pulled. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky father takes son to court: 'It had to be done or we would have lost our son'," 19 Dec. 2019 She was forced to scrap a few support dates on Bruno Mars’ 2018 national arena tour to undergo surgery on her wisdom teeth. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Dua Lipa to Perform at 2019 ARIA Awards," 31 Oct. 2019 The Doctors Possible association between wisdom teeth removal and the opioid crisis. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Emergence’ on ABC," 14 Oct. 2019 Byron Buxton’s timeline to return has been extended after the Twins center fielder had three wisdom teeth pulled last week. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Wisdom teeth extend IL stay for Twins center fielder Byron Buxton," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of wisdom tooth

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wisdom tooth

from being cut usually in the late teens

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The first known use of wisdom tooth was in 1824

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“Wisdom tooth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wisdom%20tooth. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wisdom tooth

: one of four large teeth in the back of your mouth that do not appear until you are an adult

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Kids Definition of wisdom tooth

: the last tooth of the full set of teeth on each side of the upper and lower jaws

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wis·​dom tooth | \ ˈwiz-dəm- How to pronounce wisdom tooth (audio) \

Medical Definition of wisdom tooth

: the third molar that is the last tooth to erupt on each side of the upper and lower human jaw

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