carnassial tooth


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Noun1.carnassial tooth - the last upper premolar and first lower molar teeth of a carnivore; having sharp edges for cutting flesh
tooth - hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense
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On the basis of carnassial tooth morphology, dentition size, structure and size of mandible and stratigraphic range of fossil finds, the Percrocuta material is referred to a separate family, Percrocutidae.
The first was extraction of a carnassial tooth, which had developed a root abscess.
While in the more carnivorous of the Dasyuridae, the elongation and longitudinal orientation of the paracristid result in lining up of the shearing crests of individual teeth to create one long shearing unit functionally equivalent to an enlarged carnassial tooth (Bensley 1903, in Archer 1976), the effective carnassial tooth is the posteriormost molar, [M.