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.

Nearby words

  1. massedly,
  2. massena,
  3. massenet,
  4. massenet, jules,
  5. masses,
  6. masseteric artery,
  7. masseteric nerve,
  8. masseur,
  9. masseuse,
  10. massey

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

Related formsmas·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 Formsmasseteric (ˌmæsɪˈtɛrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for masseter

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

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