[ ma-see-ter ]
/ mæˈsi tər /

noun Anatomy.

a short, thick, masticatory muscle, the action of which assists in closing the jaws by raising the mandible or lower jaw.

Origin of masseter

1660–70; < New Latin < Greek massētḗr, variant of masētḗr chewer, masseter, equivalent to masē-, variant stem of masâsthai to chew + -tēr agentive suffix


mas·se·ter·ic [mas-i-ter-ik] /ˌmæs ɪˈtɛr ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for masseter

/ (mæˈsiːtə) /


anatomy a muscle of the cheek used in moving the jaw, esp in chewing

Derived forms of masseter

masseteric (ˌmæsɪˈtɛrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for masseter

C17: from New Latin from Greek masētēr one who chews, from masāsthai to chew
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