plural noun
The·​ri·​odon·​tia | \ ˌthirēəˈdänch(ē)ə \

Definition of Theriodontia

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: a group of extinct reptiles usually considered a suborder of Therapsida but sometimes classified as a separate order that are characterized by teeth which are differentiated into incisors, prominent canines, and molars with numerous cusps and that are known mostly from skulls found in the Permian and Triassic formations of southern Africa


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variants: or Theriodonta \ ˌthirēəˈdäntə \

Definition of Theriodontia (Entry 2 of 2)

taxonomic synonym of pelycosauria

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History and Etymology for Theriodontia

Plural noun

New Latin, from Greek thēri- therio- + New Latin -odontia

New Latin, from Greek thēri- therio- + New Latin -odontia or -odonta

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“Theriodontia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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