carnassial


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car·nas·si·al

 (kär-năs′ē-əl)
adj.
Adapted for tearing apart flesh: carnassial teeth.
n.
A tooth adapted for tearing apart flesh, especially one of the last upper premolar or first lower molar teeth in carnivorous mammals.

[From French carnassier, carnivorous, from Provençal, from carnasso, meat in abundance, from carn, flesh, from Latin carō, carn-; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

carnassial

(kɑːˈnæsɪəl)
adj
(Zoology) zoology of, relating to, or designating the last upper premolar and first lower molar teeth of carnivores, which have sharp edges for tearing flesh
n
(Zoology) a carnassial tooth
[C19: from French carnassier meat-eating, from Provençal, from carnasso abundance of meat, from carn meat, flesh, from Latin carō]

car•nas•si•al

(kɑrˈnæs i əl)

adj.
1. (of teeth) adapted for shearing flesh.
n.
2. a carnassial tooth, esp. the last upper premolar or the first lower molar tooth of carnivores.
[1840–50; < French carnassi(er) flesh-eating < Latin carn-]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.carnassial - (of a tooth) adapted for shearing flesh; "the carnassial teeth of carnivores"
sharp - having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"
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The canines (LM 1-3) were wider and carnassial were little longer and placed posterior (LM 4).
Therefore, we are in the presence of a group of forms that are characterised by: significantly larger dimensions than Hecubides euryodon; lower carnassial relatively short with a vertical paraconid and strong hypoconid (Figs.
It is amazing the amount of shearing force dogs can generate between the carnassial pair of teeth.
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These include the canine teeth (the long, fang-like teeth at the front of the mouth), the upper incisors (in front of the canines) and the carnassial teeth (rear teeth used for tearing), Dr.
Dogs' teeth can leave behind similar markings, so Dr Hemmings also examined the bones to look for markings made by the carnassial teeth - used for cutting flesh.
The trenchant heel, a specialized cutting blade on the lower carnassial molar, represents an adaptation to increasing carnivory (Van Valkenburgh 1990) and is present in all social canines except Canis lupus Linnaeus 1758.
Coyotes have forward-facing eyes for binocular vision, canines for puncturing flesh, and heavy carnassial teeth for crushing bones.
Canines and carnassial teeth are large, therefore their roots occupy a large volume of space within the mandible and maxilla.
These cuspids meet medially to form a well-defined carnassial notch.