Mastication



[mas-ti-keyt] /ˈmæs tɪˌkeɪt/

verb (used with or without object), masticated, masticating.
1.
to chew.
2.
to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
/ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
to chew (food)
2.
to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
n.

early 15c., from Old French masticacion and directly from Latin masticationem (nominative masticatio), noun of action from masticare “to chew” (source of Old French maschier, French mâcher), probably from a Greek source related to mastikhan “to gnash the teeth,” from PIE *mendh- “to chew” (see mandible).
v.

1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare “to chew.” Related: Masticated; masticating.

masticate mas·ti·cate (mās’tĭ-kāt’)
v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
To chew food.
mas’ti·ca’tion n.

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