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premolar tooth


Definition: a tooth usually having two tubercles or cusps on the grinding surface and a flattened root, single in the lower jaw and upper second premolar, and furrowed in the upper first premolar. There are four premolars in each jaw, two on either side between the canine and the molars; there are no premolars in the deciduous dentition.

Synonym(s): dens premolarisTA, bicuspid tooth, dens bicuspidus

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