- Also called molar tooth. a tooth having a broad biting surface adapted for grinding, being one of twelve in humans, with three on each side of the upper and lower jaws.
- adapted for grinding, as teeth.
- pertaining to such teeth.
Origin of molar1
Examples from the Web for molars
We have teeth that allow us to grind plants (molars) or tear flesh (incisors).The Top 10 Diets of 2013 Are All Useless (Except to Book Publishers)
December 29, 2013
The hind teeth, consisting of premolars and molars, are used for grinding.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
The state of the alveoli and the teeth, shows that the molars had not yet pierced the gum.On Some Fossil Remains of Man
Thomas H. Huxley
After filling thirty-eight molars in this way I stopped for developments.Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth
Henry L. Ambler
They crush or grind the food, and are hence called “molars.”
There are twenty teeth; in each jaw there are eight molars and two incisors.In Beaver World
Enos Abijah Mills
- any of the 12 broad-faced grinding teeth in man
- a corresponding tooth in other mammals
- of, relating to, or designating any of these teeth
- used for or capable of grinding
- (of a physical quantity) per unit amount of substancemolar volume
- (not recommended in technical usage) (of a solution) containing one mole of solute per litre of solution
Word Origin and History for molars
"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."
- Relating to a mole.
- Containing one mole of solute per liter of solution.
- Any of the teeth located toward the back of the jaws, having broad crowns for grinding food. Adult humans have 12 molars.