verb (used with or without object), mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing.
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What does masticate mean?
Masticate is a technical word meaning to chew.
The word masticate is almost always used in a scientific or technical context. In the everyday context of eating, people usually just say chew. The noun form of masticate is mastication, which refers to the act of chewing.
Less commonly, masticate means to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as is done in the rubber-making process.
Example: When we masticate, saliva is released from glands under the tongue to aid in the process of chewing and swallowing.
Where does masticate come from?
Masticate comes from the Late Latin masticāre, meaning “to chew,” from the Greek mastikhan, “to grind the teeth.” The English word mastic derives from the same Greek word and refers to a type of tree and the resin from it that’s used to make rubber and chewing gum. (The related Greek word mastíchē means “chewing gum.”)
In the study of how humans and animals eat (at the least the ones with teeth), the act of breaking down pieces of food with the teeth in order to swallow them is called masticating. We typically don’t think about it as we’re doing it, but certain teeth are used for certain foods and stages of the chewing process. And animals with different diets masticate differently—carnivores (meat eaters) typically chew up and down, while herbivores (plant eaters) generally chew from side to side. When humans masticate, the most important thing for them to remember is to do it with their mouths closed. And while we’re using technical words, remember that mastication is followed by deglutition—the process of swallowing.
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What are some other forms related to masticate?
- mastication (noun)
- masticable (adjective)
- masticator (noun)
- half-masticated (adjective)
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How is masticate used in real life?
Masticate is most commonly used in a scientific or technical way, though people sometimes use it to be funny by choosing a technical word instead of just saying chew.
Keep on masticating. https://t.co/gojflJMFiK
— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) November 13, 2019
I have never seen someone at a hotel breakfast chew with their mouths closed. Apparently this is where solitary travelers who have never eaten in front of another adult in their lives congregate to masticate.
— Dan Telfer (@dantelfer) October 25, 2019
I don't exercise. I train.
I don't do exercises. I perform movement patterns.
I don't train abs, I stimulate my core musculature.
I don't chew. I masticate.
I don't walk the dog. I ambulate the canine with bipedal movements using my grounding appendages. #Pretentious
— Chris Shugart (@ChrisShugart) September 16, 2019
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Is masticate used properly in the following sentence?
The study of how humans masticate involves examining the anatomy of the mouth, including the teeth and jaw, as well as the tongue and salivary glands.
Example sentences from the Web for masticate
Remember, however, that the saliva aids the teeth greatly, especially when you masticate your food slowly.Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages|William Andrus Alcott
The child will then have sixteen teeth with which it can properly masticate soft solid food.The Physical Life of Woman:|Dr. George H Napheys
Next night eat one or two dry crackers; chew them slowly, masticate them thoroughly until you can swallow easily.Think|Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Thoroughly masticate the food, and well salivate it before swallowing.Secrets of Wise Men, Chemists and Great Physicians|William K. David
I turn my back to the increasing warmth while trying to masticate a stringy piece of meat and some elastic-like bread.'Neath Verdun, August-October, 1914|Maurice Genevoix