dentition

Part of speech: noun

The process or period of cutting the teeth.

Part of speech: noun

Zool. The system of teeth peculiar to an animal.

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Usage examples "dentition":

  1. I think that the presence or absence of P3, together with the projection of the anterior root of P4 in relation to the masseteric knob, is of generic significance, for, squirrels in general have retained the dentition and dental formula of a primitive rodent, and any change in the pattern of the teeth or in dental formula is, in my opinion, of a fundamental nature. - "Genera and Subgenera of Chipmunks", John A. White.
  2. Childhood extends from about the second, to the seventh or eighth year, when the second dentition is commenced. - "The Maternal Management of Children, in Health and Disease.", Thomas Bull, M.D..
  3. Now man unquestionably belongs in his dentition, in the structure of his nostrils, and some other respects, to the Catarhine or Old World division; nor does he resemble the Platyrhines more closely than the Catarhines in any characters, excepting in a few of not much importance and apparently of an adaptive nature. - "The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)", Charles Darwin.