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

  • adj. Of or relating to occlusions of the teeth, especially the chewing or biting surfaces: occlusal wear.

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  • adj. On the side of a tooth which mates with the opposing tooth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as morsal: noting the biting or grinding surface of a tooth.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Michael credits luck with getting past some of the trickier words that few 14-year-olds have great occasion to drop in conversation, like "occlusal," but he admits he's fond of reading "old stuff" such as "Beowulf" and "Romeo and Juliet."

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  • The combination of evenly distributed occlusal enamel and relatively short dentine horns in G. blacki results in a flat and low-cusped occlusal surface suitable to grinding tough or fibrous food objects.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Gigantopithecus blacki molar enamel (and to a lesser extent, that of Pongo pygmaeus) is distributed relatively evenly across the occlusal surface compared with the more complex distribution of enamel thickness in Homo sapiens.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • It sounds like your teeth are in secondary occlusal trauma, a condition where your teeth can not withstand the normal forces of eating and grinding due to the loss of bone support.

    Patricia Yarberry Allen: Dental Health and Menopause

  • Herring (1972, p. 502) suggested that ‘this action probably helps to guide the lower canine into its correct occlusal relationship, thus preventing injury to soft tissues’.

    Why putting your hand in a peccary’s mouth is a really bad idea

  • Cementum is also added to continually erupt your teeth so that they maintain occlusal contact ideally, when you bite down the tops of your upper and lower teeth should remain in contact.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • A lot of young kids I see that have lots of problems with decay seem to have fewer problems as they get older into the permanent dentition thicker enamel/better brushing technique/sealants helping to prevent occlusal decay.

    Can a Tooth get a Cavity Before it Erupts?

  • Levels in the thyroid and in the renal cortex were respectively about 5 and 4 times higher in subjects with 12 occlusal amalgams or more compared with subjects with 3 occlusal amalgams or less P = 0.01 and P = 0.04, respectively.

    Mercury amalgam whitewash | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Mercury levels in the pituitary gland and the cerebral cortex in subjects with more than 12 occlusal amalgam surfaces were more than 10 times higher than levels in subjects with 3 or less occlusal amalgams both P = 0.0007.

    Mercury amalgam whitewash | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.


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