Definition of dentine in English:

dentine

Line breaks: den|tine
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛntiːn
 
/
(US dentin /-tɪn/)

noun

[mass noun]
  • Hard dense bony tissue forming the bulk of a tooth, beneath the enamel.
    More 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.

Derivatives

dentinal

Pronunciation: /ˈdɛntɪn(ə)l/
adjective
More 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.

Origin

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

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