edentulous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin edentulus, which is in turn derived from the prefix e-, meaning "without", and the word dens, meaning "tooth."

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /iːˈdɛnt.jʊ.ləs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /iˈdɛnt.jʊ.ləs/, /iˈdɛn.tʃʊ.ləs/
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Adjective[edit]

edentulous (not comparable)

  1. (sciences) Toothless
    • 2000, Patrick J. Stevens et al., chapter 7, Implant Prosthodontics: Clinical and Laboratory Procedures, ISBN 081513567X, page 87:
      Partial edentulism has traditionally been treated with conventional fixed prosthetics when adequate natural tooth abutments are available to support the edentulous span.

Usage notes[edit]

  • An edentulous animal is one that is missing teeth it normally has. An animal that normally has no teeth, such as an anteater, is edentate.

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