Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having no teeth; toothless.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Without teeth; toothless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Toothless.

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  • adjective sciences Toothless

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

  • adjective having lost teeth

Etymologies

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

[From Latin ēdentulus : ē-, ex-, ex- + dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin edentulus, which is in turn derived from the prefix e-, meaning "without", and the word dens, meaning "tooth."

Examples

  • 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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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.

    The war on parasites: an oviraptorosaur’s eye view

  • 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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  • 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

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