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canine tooth

noun
1.
canine (def 2).
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10
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  • Then lift the tooth out gently by undercutting the premolar, using the curve of the canine tooth to guide your tool.
  • Pry the premolar out of the socket using the large canine tooth for leverage.
canine tooth in Medicine

canine tooth n.
Any of four teeth having a thick conical crown and a long conical root, adjacent to the distal surface of the lateral incisors, in both deciduous and permanent dentition. Also called cuspid.

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Encyclopedia Article for canine tooth

in mammals, any of the single-cusped (pointed), usually single-rooted teeth adapted for tearing food, and occurring behind or beside the incisors (front teeth). Often the largest teeth in the mouth, the canines project beyond the level of the other teeth and may interlock when the mouth is closed, restricting the animal to an up-and-down chewing action. Among sheep, oxen, and deer, only the upper canines are large; the lower ones resemble incisors. Rodents lack canines. The tusks of wild boar, walrus, and the extinct sabre-toothed cat are enlarged canines. In some animals (e.g., pig, deer, baboon, gorilla), the male has much larger canines than does the female; these perform a threatening and protective function besides that of tearing. (The tusks of elephants are upper incisors, not canine teeth. Canine teeth are absent.)

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