carnassial


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car·nas·si·al

(kar-nas'ē-ăl),
Adapted for shearing flesh; denoting those teeth designed to cut flesh.
[Fr. carnassier, carnivorous, fr. L. caro, flesh]

carnassial

(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.

car·nas·si·al

(kahr-nasē-ăl)
Adapted for shearing flesh; denoting teeth so designed.
[Fr. carnassier, carnivorous, fr. L. caro, flesh]
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The first was extraction of a carnassial tooth, which had developed a root abscess.
When cat-like predators called felids arrive on their idyllic island, lead by a vicious hunter named Carnassial, Dusk must guide his companions to safety in a new environment.
They have large, strong canines for fighting and seizing prey, sharp incisors for biting and some of the molar teeth, normally used for grinding, have modified to form blade-like carnassial teeth which act like scissors in cutting sinews.