Body Parts: Dens – 13 Words


of or relating to the teeth

Like a character in the book, Blume’s father was a dentist called on to identify the victims by their dental records.Los Angeles Times (Jun 4, 2015)

a medical appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth

In a glass cabinet against the wall three rows of dentures grinned at her with crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, notched teeth.The Westing Game

the branch of medicine dealing with the anatomy and development and diseases of the teeth

“I got involved with cosmetic dentistry because I got fed up with the Americans making fun of British teeth,” she says.BBC (May 26, 2015)

a dentist specializing in irregularities of the teeth

With a good orthodontist, this man’s smile can be made even better!

of or relating to or involving or practicing periodontics

Periodontal disease – a fancy term for gum disease, including gingivitis – can cause swollen gums, irritation and bleeding.US News (Dec 22, 2014)

a substance for cleaning the teeth

When we read the composition of the tooth-powders and dentifrices used in early colonial days, we wonder that they had any teeth left to scour.Earle, Alice Morse

having few if any teeth

Edentate animals, such as the sloth, are without teeth, or at least are without the incisors.Cavins, Elmer W.

having lost teeth

Cross out ‘some toothless old people’ and write ‘certain edentulous persons.’Various

the kind and number and arrangement of teeth (collectively) in a person or animal

Teeth are usually all that paleontologists can find of ancient mammals, because dentition is built to endure punishment, and fossilizes well.Scientific American (May 8, 2011)

a calcareous material harder and denser than bone that comprises the bulk of a tooth

Take our teeth, which are covered in enamel but have a core made from more pliant dentine.Science Magazine (Feb 10, 2012)

small pointed ridge on the exoskeleton of an arthropod

Sharkskin is as rough as high grain sandpaper thanks to millions of small toothlike scales called denticles.Science Magazine (May 14, 2014)

a contract binding one party into the service of another

Massachusetts depended on not only slaves but also indentured servants and enslaved Native Americans, who had a slightly different status than black slaves did.Slate (Jun 2, 2015)

a concave cut or depression in a surface or edge

Most footholds are nothing more than an indentation on the wall.Seattle Times (Jan 9, 2015)

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