Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The type, number, and arrangement of a set of teeth.
  • n. The process of growing new teeth; teething.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The set of natural teeth of an individual
  • n. The type, number and arrangement of the normal teeth of an organism or of the actual teeth of an individual
  • n. The process of growing teeth; teething

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The development and cutting of teeth; teething.
  • n. The system of teeth peculiar to an animal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The process of cutting teeth; teething.
  • n. The time during which teeth are being cut.
  • n. The kind, number, and arrangement of the teeth proper to any animal: as, the carnivorous dentition, in which the teeth are normally specialized as incisors, canines, premolars, and molars; the rodent dentition, in which some or all of the teeth grow indefinitely from persistent pulps, the incisors are scalpriform, and canines are absent; the monophyodont dentition, in which there is but one set of teeth; the diphyodont dentition, in which there are two sets of teeth, etc.
  • n. the state of being toothed or dentate; denticulation.

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

  • n. the eruption through the gums of baby teeth
  • n. the kind and number and arrangement of teeth (collectively) in a person or animal

Etymologies

Latin dentītiō, dentītiōn-, from dentītus, past participle of dentīre, to teethe, from dēns, dent-, tooth; see dentist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dentītiō ("teething, dentition"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now, even given the horrific worldwide opinion of British dentition, which is not wholly-unjustifiable, and the stunning UK sweet-tooth, I found this a, how shall we say, rather large amount of sugar, especially in comparison to the penurious amounts of food that the provisions amount to, no matter how large the original amount might seem.

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  • For slight general disturbances such as dentition, colds, sore throats, etc., it is usually sufficient simply to dilute the food.

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  • Compare this and the following figures with Fig. 10, showing the more complete "dentition" of the pig.] [Illustration: Fig. 17.

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  • "Do you agree with Barack Obama's decision to close the dentition (sic) center in Guantanamo Bay and move some of the world's most dangerous terrorists to the United States?"

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  • Yet, something is wrong with these beasts, disturbing deformities that make no sense: a parrot with no feathers, a pair of Capuchin monkeys conjoined at the hip, a jaguar cub with the dentition of a saber-toothed tiger.

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  • The relatively large postcanine root surface areas, which are most similar to A. melanoleuca, suggest that the dentition of G. blacki was adapted to sustaining relatively large occlusal forces needed to fracture mechanically resistant foods such as bamboo.

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  • So nothing stops them as they insert the old wing-tip deeply in among the dentition.

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  • It's likely that he was descended from a small population of sundadonts (sundadonty being the dentition pattern that was an evolutionary precursor to sinodonty, which developed and still exists in South Asia, aka the Indian Subcontinent), whose ancestors may have migrated into the Americas before the solidification of the traits that comprise sinodonty, and subsequently competed, lived alongside, and were eventually genetically enveloped by the later waves of migration.

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  • Anyhoo, all three of these migrations were of what might be called the Mongoloid racial type, or more properly were all sinodonts, since the characteristics of the Mongoloid type were still in their incipient stage, but sinodonty (a dentition pattern characterized by the presence of shovel-shaped incisors*, which evolved in Central and primarily East Asia) was a trait held in common among all members of the pre-Mongoloid race then, and the Mongoloid race today.

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  • She brings a psychoanalytic richness to her understanding of ingestion and dentition.

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