What is dentition?

  • (noun): The eruption through the gums of baby teeth.
    Synonyms: teething, odontiasis
    See also — Additional definitions below


Dentition pertains to the development of teeth and their arrangement in the mouth. In particular, it is the characteristic arrangement, kind, and number of teeth in a given species at a given age. That is, the number, type, and morpho-physiology (the physical shape) of the teeth of an animal.

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Some articles on dentition:

Walri - Anatomy - Tusks and Dentition
... While the dentition of walruses is highly variable, they generally have relatively few teeth other than the tusks ... The maximal number of teeth is 38 with dentition formula, but over half of the teeth are rudimentary and occur with less than 50% frequency, such that a typical dentition includes only 18 teeth ...
Lyuba - Description - Dentition
... Woolly mammoths had four functional molar teeth at a time, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower. 23 cm (9 in) of the crown was within the jaw, and 2.5 cm (1 in) were above, and was continually pushed forwards and up as it wore down, comparable to a conveyor belt ...
Dentition Use in Archaeology
... Dentition, or the study of teeth, is an important area of study for archaeologists, especially those specializing in the study of older remains ... Dentition affords many advantages over studying the rest of the skeleton itself (osteometry) ... Dentition is particularly useful in tracking ancient populations' movements, because, although all humans have the same basic 32 teeth, there are subtle differences in the ...
Cretoxyrhina - Known Physiology - Physical Anatomy - Dentition
... The Ginsu shark had 34 teeth in its upper jaw and 36 teeth in lower jaw, in each row ... The Ginsu Shark is believed to be a relative of the Great White Shark ...

More definitions of "dentition":

  • (noun): The kind and number and arrangement of teeth (collectively) in a person or animal.
    Synonyms: teeth