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 Xin Liu sent her wisdom tooth into the heavens aboard an early iteration of a Blue Origin rocket in 2019. Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2021 Another option for wisdom tooth removal is clinical trials. Taayoo Murray, Health.com, 26 Oct. 2021 Previous research suggested this profound shrinking in modern human wisdom tooth size was due to the advent of cooking or other changes in diet unique to modern humans. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, 29 Feb. 2016 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, 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, 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, 9 Mar. 2020 Purdy had his wisdom teeth surgically removed earlier in the day, before passing out in his kitchen. Richard Obert, azcentral, 18 Jan. 2020 Matt got more Vicodin a few years later when his wisdom teeth were pulled. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 19 Dec. 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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“Wisdom tooth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wisdom%20tooth. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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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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