- to chew.
- to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
Origin of masticate
Examples from the Web for mastication
It is a stately dance, whose aim is to slow down the unseemly business of mastication.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
Vampires live on blood, having no teeth suitable for mastication.Ranching, Sport and Travel
And saying this, Baraja proceeded to the mastication of the tassajo and tortillas.Wood Rangers
James, a slow and thorough eater, stopped the process of mastication.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
Mastication should be perfect before any water is taken into the mouth.Encyclopedia of Diet, Vol. 4 (of 5)
Because mastication is the first process towards the digestion of food.The Reason Why
- to chew (food)
- to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
Word Origin and History for mastication
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).
1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.
- To chew food.