wisdom tooth

noun

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

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Last year, Kasich pushed a seven-day supply limit to treat acute, short-term pain such as pain from a wisdom tooth extraction. Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com, "Gov. John Kasich proposes new opioid rules for chronic pain patients," 2 May 2018 Regarding acute pain, for example, a patient recovering from the removal of wisdom teeth will have different pain-management needs than a patient recovering from a major orthopedic surgery or hernia repair. WSJ, "Should the Government Limit a Physician’s Ability to Treat Patients With Opioids?," 24 June 2018 About 18 months ago, my 17-year-old son had his wisdom teeth extracted. WSJ, "Should the Government Limit a Physician’s Ability to Treat Patients With Opioids?," 24 June 2018 But then, Loibl also began a physical transformation: Lasik eye surgery, wisdom teeth removal, hair plugs and a vegan diet, which caused him to lose about 50 pounds. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "CHRISTINA GRIMMIE: THE MURDER OF A RISING STAR," 19 June 2018 Four types of teeth are nestled into our jaws: molars, premolars, canines and incisors, plus the optional wisdom teeth. Charlotte Hu, Discover Magazine, "Teeth," 15 June 2018 Abortions send women to hospital emergency rooms at lower rates than such routine procedures as colonoscopies and surgeries to have wisdom teeth removed, new research has found. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Scant abortion-related ER visits suggest there's no medical basis for restrictive laws, study says," 15 June 2018 Now about 95 percent of dentists and oral surgeons prescribe hydrocodone or oxycodone for patients undergoing painful procedures, such as wisdom tooth extraction. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Why We Won’t Miss Opioids," 1 June 2018 But Hernandez last pitched on March 11 before having a wisdom tooth pulled. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Arm injury sidelines the Marlins’ No. 2 starter | Miami Herald," 20 Mar. 2018

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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

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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

wisdom tooth

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wis·dom tooth | \ˈwiz-dəm- \

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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