[ mas-ti-keyt ]
/ ˈmæs tɪˌkeɪt /
verb (used with or without object), mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing.
to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
Origin of masticate
mas·ti·ca·ble [mas-ti-kuh-buh l] /ˈmæs tɪ kə bəl/, adjectivemas·ti·ca·tion, nounmas·ti·ca·tor, nounhalf-mas·ti·cat·ed, adjective
re·mas·ti·cate, verb, re·mas·ti·cat·ed, re·mas·ti·cat·ing.re·mas·ti·ca·tion, nounun·mas·ti·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for masticable
/ (ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt) /
to chew (food)
to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
Derived Formsmasticable, adjectivemastication, nounmasticator, noun
Word Origin for masticate
C17: from Late Latin masticāre, from Greek mastikhan to grind the teeth
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Word Origin and History for masticable (1 of 2)
1640s, back-formation from mastication, or else from Late Latin masticatus, past participle of masticare "to chew." Related: Masticated; masticating.
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Medicine definitions for masticable
[ măs′tĭ-kāt′ ]
To chew food.
Related formsmas′ti•ca′tion n.
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