Malocclusion definitions

măl'ə-klo͝o'zhən
Faulty contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed.
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An instance of such faulty contact.
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Faulty contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed.
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An instance of such faulty contact.
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Improper meeting of the upper and lower teeth; faulty occlusion.
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Misalignment between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed, resulting in a faulty bite.
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(dentistry) A misalignment of the upper and lower sets of teeth.
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Origin of malocclusion

First attested in 1888. Formed as mal- (“wrong", “improper(ly)": ultimately from the Classical Latin male, “badly", “wrongly"; from malus, “bad"; compare the ben- element in benocclusion) + occlusion (“alignment of the teeth in closed jaws").