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Adapted for tearing apart flesh: carnassial teeth.
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.]


(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
(Zoology) a carnassial tooth
[C19: from French carnassier meat-eating, from Provençal, from carnasso abundance of meat, from carn meat, flesh, from Latin carō]


(kɑrˈnæs i əl)

1. (of teeth) adapted for shearing flesh.
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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It is amazing the amount of shearing force dogs can generate between the carnassial pair of teeth.
University of Oregon student Traci Lemon, 22, clicked together a cougar skull to show children how its carnassial teeth can shear through meat and bone.
Dental Coverage Trupanion clarified expectations that the company will cover endodontic treatments due to dental disease or trauma for canine and carnassial teeth provided that pet owners have annual dental exams and follow veterinarian recommendations about dental care.