masseter

noun
mas·se·ter | \mə-ˈsē-tər, ma-\

Definition of masseter 

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

Other Words from masseter

masseteric \ˌma-sə-ˈter-ik \ adjective

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- \

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 \ adjective

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