Improper meeting of the upper and lower teeth; faulty occlusion.
Webster's New World
An instance of such faulty contact.
American Heritage Medicine
Other Word Forms of Malocclusion
Origin of Malocclusion
First attested in 1888. Formed as mal- (“wrong", “improper(ly)": ultimately from the Classical Latinmale, “badly", “wrongly"; from malus, “bad"; compare the ben- element in benocclusion) + occlusion (“alignment of the teeth in closed jaws").
Malocclusion Sentence Examples
Guinea pigs with this problem should not be bred since dental malocclusion is often hereditary.
There is little that the pet owner can do about the former, but you can prevent malocclusion due to poor diet.
In the whole sample, 81% presented no malocclusion and only two questionable cases of fluorosis were observed.
However, symptoms of malocclusion usually develop gradually beginning at the age of six.
More than 90 percent of children have some degree of malocclusion or poor bite.