Definitions

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

  • n. A partial or complete set of artificial teeth for either the upper or lower jaw. Also called dental plate.
  • n. A complete set of removable artificial teeth for both jaws. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a set of teeth, the teeth viewed as a unit
  • n. an artificial replacement of one or more teeth
  • n. a complete replacement of all teeth in a mouth

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An artificial tooth, block, or set of teeth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The provision of teeth in the jaws; specifically, in dentistry, a set of artificial teeth, a whole set being called a full denture.

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

  • n. a dental appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from dent, tooth; see dentist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dens, dentisĀ ("tooth") + -urus, -ura, -urum, a suffix implying a set. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I had just finished assessing the need for Mr. Ogren, a retired teacher, to have a partial denture, which, of course, he was resisting -- a denture is the last stop before the old folks 'home -- when Laurie poked her head in the door.

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  • Instead, they are asking for specifics, such as denture cream and sandwich bags.

    Andy Kondrat: Dispatch from a Burning San Diego

  • That's the only time I have done a kiddie "denture".

    Fake Baby Teeth (Pedo Partial)

  • It is pretty bad that a once youthful cop bar now offers services such as denture cleaning, a Depends Underwear Diapers vending machine, retired police badge cleaning services, free Dr. Schol's shoe pads on Tuesdays, Grecian 44 hair dye Thrusday, mixed drinks that contain Red Bull & Geritol mixers and free valet parking for men with walkers.

    Second City Cop

  • "The proper diagnosis, fabrication and placement of the denture is a total process that is a vital part of total health care.

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  • At the time the company said it had "become aware of potential health problems associated with the long-term excessive use of our zinc-containing denture adhesive products."

    Zinc in Denture Creams Poses Risk

  • The Food and Drug Administration suggested that manufacturers consider taking zinc out of denture cream, following reports of neurological problems that might be associated with zinc poisoning.

    Zinc in Denture Creams Poses Risk

  • Zinc has been added to denture cream to boost its adhesive properties.

    Zinc in Denture Creams Poses Risk

  • The FDA said in a Feb. 23 letter sent to denture-adhesive manufacturers that it's received "numerous reports of adverse events related to the use of denture creams" consistent with zinc toxicity.

    Zinc in Denture Creams Poses Risk

  • The manager proves himself a worm and she is fired, though the scene of her taking out her front denture and eating an apple as she climbs up hill to her home, reveals her poor-but-honest pride, and the coming fall, as it were, of the estate store.

    Michael Vazquez: ON THE 48TH ANNUAL NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

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