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.

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