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A small tooth or toothlike projection.

[Middle English, from Latin denticulus, diminutive of dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.]

den·tic′u·lar (dĕn-tĭk;′yə-lər) adj.


(Zoology) a small tooth or toothlike part, such as any of the placoid scales of sharks
[C14: from Latin denticulus]
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Noun1.denticle - small pointed ridge on the exoskeleton of an arthropod
tooth - toothlike structure in invertebrates found in the mouth or alimentary canal or on a shell
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Each dermal denticle comprises a basal plate embedded in the dermis, a neck, and an exposed spiny crown (Kemp 1999).
The dermal denticle samples were all taken from the flanks just below the first dorsal fin.
SKIN Its skin is protected by thousands of tiny teeth called dermal denticles
Description of dermal denticles from the caudal region of Raja clavata and their use for the estimation of age and growth.
The genus is readily separated into three groups based on the shape and distribution patterns of dermal denticles (Springer and Burgess 1985; Yano 1988).