masticatory

noun
mas·​ti·​ca·​to·​ry | \ ˈma-sti-kə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce masticatory (audio) \
plural masticatories

Definition of masticatory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance chewed to increase saliva

masticatory

adjective

Definition of masticatory (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of masticatory

Noun

1583, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Masticatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masticatory. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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masticatory

adjective
mas·​ti·​ca·​to·​ry | \ ˈmas-ti-kə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce masticatory (audio) \

Medical Definition of masticatory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

masticatory

noun
plural masticatories

Medical Definition of masticatory (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance chewed to increase saliva

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