Definitions

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  • n. dentin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The dense calcified substance of which teeth are largely composed. It contains less animal matter than bone, and in the teeth of man is situated beneath the enamel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See dentin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bone (calcified tissue) surrounding the pulp cavity of a tooth
  • n. a calcareous material harder and denser than bone that comprises the bulk of a tooth

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Examples

  • Surrounding the cavity on all sides is the hard substance known as the dentine, or tooth ivory.

    A Practical Physiology

  • Eventually the bacteria can get into the dentine, at which point tooth decay sets in.

    Dr. Joseph Mercola: The Health Hazards of Water Fluoridation (VIDEO)

  • Molar enamel thickness and dentine horn height in Gigantopithecus blacki

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The combination of evenly distributed occlusal enamel and relatively short dentine horns in G. blacki results in a flat and low-cusped occlusal surface suitable to grinding tough or fibrous food objects.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Seven molars were also virtually sectioned through the mesial cusps and two-dimensional enamel thickness and dentine horn height measurements were recorded.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Gigantopithecus blacki dentine horns are relatively short, similar to (but shorter than) those of Pongo, which in turn are shorter than those of humans and African apes.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • It is characterized by bacteria induced progressive destruction of the organic and mineral compounds of the dentine and enamel, the two outer tooth layers.

    Natural Remedies for Curing Dental Caries

  • Most striking, however, were the dental inlays: a shallow hole was drilled into the front face of the tooth enamel using a reed or bone hollow drill and an abrasive such as sand or jade dust, sometimes reaching the dentine within.

    The Mayans Suffered for Their Beauty

  • When the enamel is worn away, the underlying dentine is exposed, causing discoloration and tooth sensitivity.

    Suzette Standring: Too Much Toothpaste Damages Teeth

  • Unfortunately, what she didn’t know was that I’m allergic to commercial toothpaste because the dentine in it makes me break out in a rash.

    The Chicago Blog: November 2006 Archives

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  • "Ah, excuse me, I should have mentioned," said Doctor De Soto, "you won't be able to open your mouth for a day or two. The secret formula must first permeate the dentine."

    - William Steig, Doctor De Soto

    October 27, 2008