Definition of dental formula in English:

dental formula

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noun

Zoology
  • A formula expressing the number and kinds of teeth possessed by a mammal. A dental formula is usually written in the form of four ‘fractions’, one for each type of tooth, with the upper and lower lines describing the upper and lower jaws respectively.
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    • Ellis claimed that the two populations could be separated based on slight differences of their respective dental formulae.
    • Their dental formulae and molar shape vary considerably among species.
    • The dental formula of tapirs is similar to that of the equids.

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