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1. the relation and application of dental facts to legal problems, as in using the teeth for identifying the dead;
2. the law in its bearing on the practice of dentistry.
Etymology: L, dens, tooth, juris prudentia, knowledge of the law
the application of the principles of law to the practice of dentistry, dental therapy, and of dental hygiene and the relations of dentists, dental therapists, and dental hygienists to patients, society, and each other.
The application of the principles of law as they relate to the practice of dentistry, to the obligations of the practitioners to their patients, and to the relations of dentists to each other and to society in general. This term and forensic dentistry are sometimes used as synonyms, but some authorities consider the first as a branch of law and the second as a branch of dentistry.
See also: jurisprudence
fo·ren·sic den·tis·try(fŏr-en'sik den'tis-trē)
1. Relation and application of dental facts to legal issues.