benocclusion

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably coined by Simeon Hayden Guilford ante 1905: Latin ben(e) (well”, “properly) + occlusion (alignment of the teeth in closed jaws), after malocclusion (misalignment of the upper and lower sets of teeth).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɛnəˈkluːʒən/

Noun[edit]

benocclusion (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Normal occlusion (alignment) of the teeth when the jaws are closed.
    • 1905, Simeon Hayden Guilford, Orthodontia; or, Malposition of the Human Teeth, 4th ed., page 33:
      Benocclusion…is well illustrated by Fig. 11 which represents the teeth of a Caucasian in a state of contact or rest.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

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