carnassial

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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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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.
Carnassials act like scissors, and enable the tiger to shear meat off bones.