carnassial toot ... | engleski leksikon

1. carnassial tooth


The last upper premolar and first lower molar teeth of a carnivore; having sharp edges for cutting flesh.
One of a powerful scissorlike pair of molars, found in all mammalian carnivores except seals. Carnassials are formed from an upper premolar and lower molar, and are shaped to produce a sharp cutting surface. Carnivores such as dogs transfer meat to the back of the mouth, where the carnassials slice up the food ready for swallowing.

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