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

  • adj. Edged with toothlike projections; toothed: dentate leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having teeth or toothlike projections; serrated, toothed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Toothed; especially, with the teeth projecting straight out, not pointed either forward or backward.
  • adj. Having teeth or toothlike points. See Illust. of Antennæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Toothed; notched.

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

  • adj. having toothlike projections in the margin


Latin dentātus, from dēns, dent-, tooth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin dentatus. (Wiktionary)


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  • Exercise strengthens a section of the hippocampus, called the dentate gyrus, which helps to build new neurons, strengthen and build myelin and increase brain volume - even in old age.

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  • Previously, using high-resolution brain imaging, Dr. Small and his colleagues discovered that decreasing brain function in one area of the hippocampus, called the dentate gyrus, is a main contributor of normal decline in memory as we age.

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  • In a paper, published in Neuron, Dr. John Roder, Senior Investigator at the Lunenfeld, and Bechara Saab, Ph. D candidate at the Lunenfeld, studied the interaction of two proteins in a small region of the brain called the dentate gyrus (part of the hippocampus, which plays a role in long-term memory and spatial navigation).


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