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

2. <zoology> Dental formula, a brief notation used by zoologists to denote the number and kind of teeth of a mammal. Dental surgeon, a dentist.

Origin: L. Dens, dentis, tooth: cf. F. Dental.

3.. <su:marine biology> A marine mollusk of the genus Dentalium, with a curved conical shell resembling a tooth. See Dentalium.

Origin: Cf. F. Dentale.

(21 Jun 2000)

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