noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: New Latin periodontium periodontal tissue, from peri- + Greek odont-, odous, odōn tooth — more at tooth Date: circa 1944 a branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of the supporting and investing structures of the teeth including the gums, cementum, periodontal membranes, and alveolar bone • periodontist noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Periodontics — is the branch of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontists are also expert in the placement and maintenance of dental implants. The word… …   Medical dictionary

  • periodontics — 1948, from periodontia (1914; see PERIODONTAL (Cf. periodontal)) + ICS (Cf. ics). Periodontic (adj.) is attested by 1889 …   Etymology dictionary

  • periodontics — [per΄ē ōdän′shə, per΄ē ədän′shə, per΄ē ō dän′shē ə, per΄ē ə dän′shē əper΄ē ə dän′tiks] n. [see PERIODONTAL & ICS] the branch of dentistry concerned with diseases of the bone and tissue supporting the teeth: also periodontia [per΄ē ōdän′shə, per΄ē …   English World dictionary

  • periodontics — periodontic, adj. /per ee euh don tiks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of dentistry dealing with the study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium. Also, periodontia /per ee euh don sheuh, shee euh/. [1945 50; < NL periodont(ia) (see …   Universalium

  • periodontics — noun The study of supporting structures of teeth gums, alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament and diseases and conditions that affect them. Syn: periodontology See Also: periodontal, periodontist …   Wiktionary

  • periodontics — study of gums Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • periodontics — perɪəʊ dÉ‘ntɪks / dÉ’n n. study of diseases of tissues and bones which surround the teeth (Dentistry) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • periodontics — [ˌpɛrɪə dɒntɪks] plural noun [treated as sing.] the branch of dentistry concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth. Derivatives periodontal adjective periodontist noun Origin 1940s: from peri + Gk odous, odont tooth + ics …   English new terms dictionary

  • periodontics — peri·odon·tics …   English syllables

  • periodontics — per•i•o•don•tics [[t]ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn tɪks[/t]] also per•i•o•don•tia [[t] ˈdɒn ʃə, ʃi ə[/t]] n. (used with a sing. v.) den the branch of dentistry dealing with the study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium • Etymology: 1945–50; peri +… …   From formal English to slang

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