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masseter

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noun mas·se·ter \mə-ˈsē-tər, ma-\

Definition of masseter

  1. :  a large muscle that raises the lower jaw and assists in mastication

masseteric

play \ˌma-sə-ˈter-ik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of masseter

New Latin, from Greek masētēr, from masasthai to chew — more at mandible


First Known Use: 1578


Medical Dictionary

masseter

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noun mas·se·ter \mə-ˈsēt-ər, ma-\

Medical Definition of masseter

  1. :  a large muscle that raises the lower jaw and assists in mastication, arises from the zygomatic arch and the zygomatic process of the temporal bone, and is inserted into the mandibular ramus and gonial angle

masseteric

\ˌmas-ə-ˈter-ik\play adjective


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