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[kuhs-pid] /ˈkʌs pɪd/
(in humans) a tooth with a single projection point or elevation; canine.
Origin of cuspid
1735-45; < Latin cuspid- (stem of cuspis) point
Related forms
multicuspid, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Eight of these were incisors, the ninth (in the upper jaw) being a cuspid tooth.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • This grading of form is not observed in passing from the cuspid to the bicuspid in man.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • The laterals also show three cusps, while the cuspid has two very distinct.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for cuspid


a tooth having one point; canine tooth
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Word Origin and History for cuspid

1743, from Latin cuspis (genitive cuspidus) "point, pointed end" (see cusp). Of teeth, from 1878. Related: Cuspidate (adj.), attested from 1690s.

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cuspid in Medicine

cuspid cus·pid (kŭs'pĭd)
See canine tooth. adj.
Having one cusp; cuspidate.

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