why is it called an orthodontist and not an orthodentist?

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They both do teeth things, would have expected the names to match.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Dentist came first, from French and ultimately a Latin derivation. It’s worth nothing that pulling people’s teeth out is a very old profession so it made sense to come up with a word for it along time ago. So ‘dentist’ is kind of common place word that originated naturally from everyday language for an everyday profession.

The modern medical idea of trained doctors who do specialist work in your mouthal region is a modern concept and so new words were created to describe these new doctors. For no better reason than “history is weird” the guy who started making up these new words took the *Greek* derivation for his new words and so he used “odont” in his words.

So A. it’s worth nothing that’s “o-dont” vs “dent” not just “dont” vs. “dent and B. both odont and dent come from the same much older root word from P.I.E.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Both “-dont-” and “-dent-” come to us from the Latin “dent” meaning tooth.

But words that have “-dont-” like “orthodontist” and “iguanadon” come to us via Greek where the latin “dent” became the Greek “odon.”

Words that have “-dent-” came to us from French which kept it as “dent” (e.g. “dentiste”).

Anonymous 0 Comments

Dent and dont.
They are cognates.
You could have found that out on 20 seconds yourself. But that does not bring as much sweet karma now does it?

Anonymous 0 Comments

Why is it antidentite and not antidontite?