Definitions

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

  • adj. Having no teeth; toothless.

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  • adj. Toothless

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Toothless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without teeth; toothless.

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

  • adj. having lost teeth

Etymologies

From Latin ēdentulus : ē-, ex-, ex- + dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin edentulus, which is in turn derived from the prefix e-, meaning "without", and the word dens, meaning "tooth." (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Statistics Canada reported recently that the number of Canadians who are now "edentulous," as dentists like to say, has fallen off greatly in recent years.

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  • Using these data, the team estimated "conditioned dental diversity", eliminating cases where people had all their teeth "present and healthy" or people who were "edentulous"

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  • 'edentulous' considerable latitude may be permitted, and is indeed desirable, so that it may in practice be applied to many individuals who, according to meticulous physiological standards, should not be so classified.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, February 12, 1919

  • This is never so ruinous than in the case of ghostly Mae Nak Pornthip Papanai, a suitably mournful spook who is given a JU-ON style edentulous maw that knocked me each time right out of the picture.

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  • Bizarre long-tailed, robust-jawed Jeholornis (almost certainly synonymous with Shenzhouraptor, and perhaps with Jixiangornis too), known from stomach contents to have eaten seeds at least occasionally, has just three very small teeth at each lower jaw tip (Zhou & Zhang 2002): the upper jaw was edentulous.

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  • In Caudipteryx, four procumbent teeth are present in each premaxilla, but the rest of the skull is edentulous.

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  • The jaws are entirely edentulous and the tightly coiled cochlear canal indicates specialized high-frequency hearing.

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  • There was our letter printed in full, and below it was the epoch-making decision of the Government: "A special ration of soft food may be issued to edentulous persons in famine camps."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, February 12, 1919

  • May such persons be considered as edentulous for the purposes of the decision referred to above?

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, February 12, 1919

  • "The Government is confident that the foregoing general ruling will enable junior and inexperienced officers, temporarily employed on famine duty, to classify appropriately and with facility as denticulate or edentulous all individuals afflicted with dental hiatus, mal-conformation and labefaction, without further reference to higher authority."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, February 12, 1919

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