bicuspid

1 of 2

adjective

bi·​cus·​pid (ˌ)bī-ˈkə-spəd How to pronounce bicuspid (audio)
: having or ending in two points
bicuspid teeth
an abnormal bicuspid aortic valve

bicuspid

2 of 2

noun

: a human premolar tooth see tooth illustration

Examples of bicuspid in a Sentence

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Adjective
Earlier this winter, Stephanie Bruce — one of the nation’s best female marathoners — announced that 2021 would be the last season of her career after she was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve disorder. Theo MacKie, The Arizona Republic, 16 Jan. 2022 The open heart surgery was to fix a bicuspid aortic valve, Smith said in a different Instagram post, the one last year that announced his diagnosis. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 After learning that Boone also suffered from a bicuspid aortic valve condition, Adam Wheatley reached out to the Yankees and asked if the manager could share a few encouraging words with Blake. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 4 July 2021 Those tests revealed a bicuspid aortic valve defect. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 Towards the end of his 12-year career, Boone underwent open heart surgery in March 2009 to replace the bicuspid aortic valve, which may cause the heart’s aortic valve to narrow, reducing or blocking blood flow. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 This feels like the first generation of the Soul, which was Jeep-like in its bicuspid jostling. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 Dec. 2020 The condition — a bicuspid aortic valve which caused his heart to enlarge — was found after Smith tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 26 Aug. 2020 Smith announced the diagnosis Saturday in an Instagram post and said the open heart surgery will fix a bicuspid aortic valve. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2020
Noun
The surgery repaired a bicuspid aortic valve in Smith’s heart, which caused his cardiac arrest on Oct. 28. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 The loggers gazed aghast at the outsized stump poking through the mounded sawdust like a rotting bicuspid, while their overseers clambered down into the gorge to assess the damage. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 Since the cardiac issue can be known to be hereditary, Mary Toland took her children to be tested at Boston Children’s Hospital, where Owen, the oldest of four, was found to have been born with a leaking bicuspid aortic valve. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2018 The document alleges that Paxton consulted Khoynezhad, Cedars-Sinai and other defendants in connection with cardiac conditions that included bicuspid aortic valve and aortic aneurysm. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, 12 Feb. 2018 Hockey players have teeth knocked out all the time–those jokes about bicuspids being swept up in the Zamboni filter are no jokes–and most return to action almost immediately. Mark Purdy, The Mercury News, 11 Apr. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

New Latin bicuspid-, bicuspis, from bi- + Latin cuspid-, cuspis point

First Known Use

Adjective

1752, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bicuspid was in 1752

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“Bicuspid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bicuspid. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bicuspid

1 of 2 adjective
bi·​cus·​pid (ˈ)bī-ˈkəs-pəd How to pronounce bicuspid (audio)
: having or ending in two points

bicuspid

2 of 2 noun
: a human tooth located in front of the molar teeth

Medical Definition

bicuspid

1 of 2 adjective
bi·​cus·​pid (ˈ)bī-ˈkəs-pəd How to pronounce bicuspid (audio)
: having or ending in two points
bicuspid teeth

bicuspid

2 of 2 noun
: either of the two double-pointed teeth that in humans are situated between the canines and the molars on each side of each jaw : premolar sense 1

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