- (of a muscle) having two bellies with an intermediate tendon.
- a muscle of the lower jaw, the action of which assists in lowering the jaw.
Origin of digastric
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Digastric muscle (for moving the jaws) very much developed in accordance with the great gnawing powers of the species.A Hand-book to the Primates, Volume 1 (of 2)
Henry O. Forbes
Passing in front of it may be found the stylo-pharyngeal, stylo-hyoid, and digastric muscles.
- (of certain muscles) having two fleshy portions joined by a tendon
- a muscle of the mandible that assists in lowering the lower jaw
C17: from New Latin digastricus (with two bellies), from di- 1 + gastricus gastric, from Greek gastēr belly
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- Having two bellies; biventral. Used especially of a muscle with two fleshy parts separated by an intervening tendinous part.
- Of or relating to the digastric muscle.
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