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carnassial

[kär′nas·ē·əl]
(anatomy)
Of or pertaining to molar or premolar teeth specialized for cutting and shearing.
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When an upper large premolar (the carnassial tooth) is removed, the dog will have much more difficulty with grinding kibble and other food.
Caption: A beautiful crown was put on this cracked carnassial (which are most commonly cracked and broken teeth).
The canines (LM 1-3) were wider and carnassial were little longer and placed posterior (LM 4).
The most noticeable shape differences between the sexes were in position of carnassial (LM 4) which was placed posterior in males, then, females had slightly greater coronoid process (LM 5), angular process (LM 8) and masseteric fossa (LM 9).
Therefore, we are in the presence of a group of forms that are characterised by: significantly larger dimensions than Hecubides euryodon; lower carnassial relatively short with a vertical paraconid and strong hypoconid (Figs.
If you brush your dog's teeth regularly, you are already familiar with the carnassials because they present the flattest and largest tooth surface that you run your brush across--and are also a popular spot for plaque and calculus to deposit.
According to Ginsburg and Morales (1995), primitive Hemicyonidae with a tendency towards hypercarnivory and well-developed carnassials (P4 and m1).