masseter


mas·se·ter

noun \mə-ˈsē-tər, ma-\

Definition of MASSETER

:  a large muscle that raises the lower jaw and assists in mastication
mas·se·ter·ic \ˌma-sə-ˈter-ik\ adjective

Origin of MASSETER

New Latin, from Greek masētēr, from masasthai to chew — more at mandible
First Known Use: 1578

mas·se·ter

noun \mə-ˈsēt-ər, ma-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MASSETER

: 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
mas·se·ter·ic \ˌmas-ə-ˈter-ik\ adjective

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