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

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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 In 2017, 22-year-old Saige needed to have her wisdom teeth removed. CBS News, "Wisdom teeth removal is contributing to the opioid crisis, experts warn," 21 Aug. 2019 Stemler had his wisdom teeth taken out earlier in the week, Sailors coach Ross Sinclair said. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Newport Harbor boys’ water polo wins Summer Elite Eight tournament," 13 July 2019 Sim, a replacement for Torrey Pines teammate Mac Bingham, who had his wisdom teeth pulled Tuesday, hit the longest home run, banging a ball into the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building. Chadd Cady, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prep all-stars keep it neat at Petco Park," 5 June 2019 Soccer players like to go down with the slightest push and make a face like someone is removing their wisdom teeth through their eardrums. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: World Cup 2018 fever finds an unlikely patient," 24 June 2018 Hernandez will throw a bullpen session Saturday, marking his first time on a mound since March 11 shortly before having a wisdom tooth extracted. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "One of the prospects the Marlins acquired in the Stanton trade is living up to the hype. Here’s why. | Miami Herald," 23 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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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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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