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Dental formula

dental \den"tal\ (d[e^]n"tal), a. [L. dens, dentis, tooth: cf. F. dental. See Tooth.]

  1. Of or pertaining to the teeth or to dentistry; as, dental surgery.

  2. (Phon.) Formed by the aid of the teeth; -- said of certain articulations and the letters representing them; as, d and t are dental letters.

    Dental formula (Zo["o]l.), a brief notation used by zo["o]logists to denote the number and kind of teeth of a mammal.

    Dental surgeon, a dentist.

dental formula

n. A brief notation used by zoologists to denote the number and kind of tooth of a mammal.