verb (used with or without object), mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing.
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What does mastication mean?
Mastication is a technical word for the act of chewing.
Mastication is the noun form of the verb masticate, meaning to chew or, less commonly, to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as is done in the rubber-making process. Mastication is almost always used in a scientific or technical context. In the everyday context of eating, people usually just say chewing.
Example: Saliva is released from glands under the tongue to aid in the process of mastication.
Where does mastication 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 meant “chewing gum.”)
In the study of how humans and animals eat (at the least the ones with teeth), mastication refers to the process of breaking down pieces of food with the teeth in order to swallow them. 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 use different methods of mastication—carnivores (meat eaters) typically chew up and down, while herbivores (plant eaters) generally chew from side to side. In human mastication, the most important thing to remember is to do it with your mouth closed. And while we’re using technical words, remember that mastication is followed by deglutition—the process of swallowing.
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How is mastication used in real life?
Mastication 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 chewing.
Taste & smell sensitivity decrease w age,may lead 2 elderly eating more bland diet; mastication process less powerful in elderly #nutrition
— Dr. Jennifer Ashton (@DrJAshton) April 6, 2014
Winkler: mastication is very important in herbivores to break down foods to help with enzymatic digestion #2016svp
— Penny ⓐ Higgins (@paleololigo) October 26, 2016
Mate, please complete the mastication process before speaking. #DinnerDate
— Ria (@riariariaria82) April 1, 2016
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Is mastication used properly in the following sentence?
The study of mastication often involves the anatomy of the mouth, including the teeth and jaw, as well as the tongue and salivary glands.
Example sentences from the Web for mastication
It is a stately dance, whose aim is to slow down the unseemly business of mastication.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’|Bee Wilson|October 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The mastication causes a copious flow of saliva of a brick-red colour, which dyes the mouth, lips and gums.
However, I do not know why my thoughts should grow more gloomy by reason of the difficulties of mastication.An "Attic" Philosopher, Complete|Emile Souvestre
Eating should be slow, and mastication of the food thorough, for reasons of health as well as for the sake of appearance.The Etiquette of To-day|Edith B. Ordway