1. (Science: dentistry) Of or pertaining to the teeth or to dentistry; as, dental surgery.
2. (Science: 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.. <marine biology> a marine mollusk of the genus dentalium, with a curved conical shell resembling a tooth. See dentalium.
Origin: cf. F. Dentale.