masseter

noun
mas·​se·​ter | \ mə-ˈsē-tər How to pronounce masseter (audio) , ma-\

Definition of masseter

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

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Other Words from masseter

masseteric \ ˌma-​sə-​ˈter-​ik How to pronounce masseteric (audio) \ adjective

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Austin-Dright said the pellet lodged in the masseter muscle and that her son cannot open his jaw. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "East Bay prep football player injured in accidental BB gun shooting," 14 Aug. 2019 My colleagues seem to particularly love masseter Botox (sometimes referred to as jaw Botox), a treatment with twofold results. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Got Masseter Botox for Teeth Grinding, and Here's What It's Really Like," 28 May 2019 There are four injections total, two on each side, directed straight into your masseter muscle. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Got Masseter Botox for Teeth Grinding, and Here's What It's Really Like," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of masseter

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for masseter

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

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masseter

noun
mas·​se·​ter | \ mə-ˈsēt-ər, ma- How to pronounce masseter (audio) \

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

Other Words from masseter

masseteric \ ˌmas-​ə-​ˈter-​ik How to pronounce masseteric (audio) \ adjective

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