We have teeth that allow us to grind plants (molars) or tear flesh (incisors).
There are forty teeth, one of the molars of the full mammalian dentition not being represented.
The hind teeth, consisting of premolars and molars, are used for grinding.
In the premolars and third molars the primitive H-pattern did form, as in Dikkomys.
They crush or grind the food, and are hence called “molars.”
The six year molars need special care as they are likely to decay early.
The whole of the molars, however, are never simultaneously employed.
Lastly, we find three molars, whose crowns are ground down so as to expose two polished areas of a four-lobed figure.
Every practitioner, however, has met with instances in which the molars were implicated.
After filling thirty-eight molars in this way I stopped for developments.
"grinding tooth," mid-14c., from Latin molaris dens "grinding tooth," from mola "millstone," from PIE root *mel- "to rub, grind" (see mill (n.1)). As an adjective in this sense from 1620s. In Old English they were cweornteð "quern-teeth."
molar mo·lar1 (mō'lər)
Relating to or being a solution that contains one mole of solute per liter of solution.
Of, relating to, or characterizing the physical properties of a body of matter as a whole, especially the mass of a body, as opposed to the molecular or atomic properties.
Abbr. M Of, relating to, or being a solution whose concentration is expressed as moles of solute per liter of solution.
Containing one mole of a substance.
A tooth having a crown with three, four, or five cusps on the grinding surface, a bifid root in the lower jaw, and three conical roots in the upper jaw. In permanent dentition, there are three on either side behind the premolars; in deciduous dentition, there are two on either side behind the canines. adj.
Of or relating to the molars.
Capable of grinding.