carnassial definition

  • adjective:
    • adjusted for tearing apart skin: carnassial teeth.
    • adjusted to eating flesh.
    • (of a tooth) adjusted for shearing flesh
  • noun:
    • A tooth adapted for tearing aside flesh, especially one of the last top premolar or very first reduced molar teeth in carnivorous animals.
    • the teeth employed by a carnivore for shearing skin, becoming the last upper premolar and the first reduced molar.
    • A sectorial tooth; the last upper premolar or initially reduced molar tooth of the Carnivora which have a typically carnivorous dentition, once the family pet.
  • others:
    • Sectorial; adapted for cutting and ripping skin: put on the specific trenchant or cutting molar or premolar for the Carnivora.

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