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British Dictionary definitions for heterodont

heterodont

adjective
  1. (of most mammals) having teeth of different typesCompare homodont
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  • The dentition is heterodont in a few reptiles and the majority of mammals.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Carnivora have the teeth rooted and markedly diphyodont and heterodont.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Having four kinds of teeth, and a set in succession to the milk-teeth, they are Heterodont and Diphyodont.

  • Heterodont, het′er-o-dont, adj. having different kinds of teeth:—opposed to Homodont.

  • The Primates have a diphyodont and heterodont dentition, generally of an omnivorous type, with cheek teeth adapted for grinding.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds