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masseter

[ ma-see-ter ]
/ mæˈsi tər /
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noun Anatomy.

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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM masseter

mas·se·ter·ic [mas-i-ter-ik], /ˌmæs ɪˈtɛr ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for masseter

masseter
/ (mæˈsiːtə) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for masseter

masseter
[ mə-sētər ]

n.

A muscle with origin from the inferior border and medial surface of the zygomatic arch, with insertion into the lateral surface of the ramus of the mandible, with nerve supply from the masseteric nerve, and whose action closes the jaw during chewing.

Other words from masseter

mas′se•teric (măs′ĭ-tĕrĭk) adj.
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