masticatory

1 of 2

noun

mas·​ti·​ca·​to·​ry ˈma-sti-kə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce masticatory (audio)
plural masticatories
: a substance chewed to increase saliva

masticatory

2 of 2

adjective

1
: used for or adapted to chewing
masticatory limbs of an arthropod
2
: of, relating to, or involving the organs of mastication
masticatory paralysis

Examples of masticatory in a Sentence

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Adjective
Human teeth were assembled in a simulating device of masticatory functions of apprehension and incision. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 31 Mar. 2014 But earlier this year, anthropologist Nathan Holton and his University of Iowa colleagues published a paper disputing the masticatory hypothesis. Jeff Wheelwright, Discover Magazine, 28 Oct. 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1583, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of masticatory was in 1583

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“Masticatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masticatory. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

masticatory

1 of 2 adjective
mas·​ti·​ca·​to·​ry ˈmas-ti-kə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce masticatory (audio)
1
: used for or adapted to chewing
the masticatory muscles
2
: of, relating to, or involving the organs of mastication
masticatory paralysis

masticatory

2 of 2 noun
plural masticatories
: a substance chewed to increase saliva
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