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Medical Term:

molar tooth


Definition: a tooth having a somewhat quadrangular crown with four or five cusps on the grinding surface; the root is bifid in the lower jaw, but there are three conic roots in the upper jaw; there are six molars in each jaw, three on either side behind the premolars in the permanent dentition; in the deciduous dentition there are but four molars in each jaw, two on either side behind the canines.

Synonym(s): dens molarisTA, cheek tooth, molar2, multicuspid tooth

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