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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /iːˈdɛnt.jʊ.ləs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /iˈdɛnt.jʊ.ləs/, /iˈdɛn.tʃʊ.ləs/
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edentulous (not comparable)

  1. (sciences) Toothless.
    • 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy in the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 309:
      A Malay elder crawled on to the veranda, greeted Crabbe with an edentulous "Tabek!" and then crouched in a dark corner, chewing a quid of sireh with hard gums.
    • 2000, Patrick J. Stevens et al., chapter 7, in Implant Prosthodontics: Clinical and Laboratory Procedures, →ISBN, 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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