[mas-ti-keyt] /ˈmæs tɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with or without object), masticated, masticating.
to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
to chew (food)
to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
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-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈmæs tɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or used in or for mastication. noun, plural masticatories. 2. Pharmacology. a medicinal substance to be chewed, as to promote the secretion of saliva. /ˈmæstɪkətərɪ; -trɪ/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or adapted to chewing noun (pl) -tories 2. (obsolete) a medicinal […]
- Masticatory force
masticatory force n. See force of mastication.
- Masticatory system
masticatory system n. The organs and structures primarily functioning in mastication, including jaws and jaw muscles, teeth, temporomandibular joints, tongue, lips, cheeks, and mucous membranes.
[mas-tif, mah-stif] /ˈmæs tɪf, ˈmɑ stɪf/ noun 1. one of a breed of large, powerful, short-haired dogs having an apricot, fawn, or brindled coat. /ˈmæstɪf/ noun 1. an old breed of large powerful short-haired dog, usually fawn or brindle with a dark mask n. large, powerful breed of dog, early 14c., from Old French mastin […]