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cuspid

[kuhs-pid] /ˈkʌs pɪd/
noun
1.
(in humans) a tooth with a single projection point or elevation; canine.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Latin cuspid- (stem of cuspis) point
Related forms
multicuspid, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cuspid

cuspid

/ˈkʌspɪd/
noun
1.
a tooth having one point; canine tooth
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Word Origin and History for cuspid
n.

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)
n.
See canine tooth. adj.
Having one cusp; cuspidate.

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Encyclopedia Article for cuspid

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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