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dentine Line breaks: den|tine
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛntiːn/
(US dentin ˈdɛntɪn)

Definition of dentine in English:


[mass noun]
Hard dense bony tissue forming the bulk of a tooth, beneath the enamel.
Example sentences
  • Human teeth are made up of four different types of tissue: pulp, dentin, enamel, and cementum.
  • The bulk of the tooth consists of the bony substance dentine, surrounding the soft inner pulp that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  • Cells from neural crest predominate in tissues that form internal tooth components such as dentin, pulp, and cementum - the bone-like material the forms the root.


Pronunciation: /ˈdɛntɪn(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Using scanning electron microscopy, researchers uncovered evidence of dentinal tubules, basic structures that exist in almost all teeth, including humans.
  • A single ‘reader’ made the age estimates using counts of dentinal growth layer groups to estimate minimum age.


Mid 19th century: from Latin dens, dent- 'tooth' + -ine4.

Words that rhyme with dentine

diamantine • Benedictine
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