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dentition Line breaks: den|ti¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɛnˈtɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of dentition in English:


[mass noun]
The arrangement or condition of the teeth in a particular species or individual: mammals can be reliably identified from a study of their dentition alone
More example sentences
  • The dentition of the species is highly reduced, with males possessing one or occasionally two pairs of short teeth in the tip of the lower jaw.
  • The size of the first upper and first lower molar is the least variable in the permanent dentition of most mammals, a pattern that has been confirmed in canids.
  • I present a method developed to describe the entire dentition of the Carnivoramorpha and other mammalian meat eaters (Creodonta).


Late 16th century (denoting the development of teeth): from Latin dentitio(n-), from dentire 'teethe', from dens, dent- 'tooth'.

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