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masseter

[ma-see-ter] /mæˈsi tər/
noun, Anatomy
1.
a short, thick, masticatory muscle, the action of which assists in closing the jaws by raising the mandible or lower jaw.
Origin of masseter
1660-1670
1660-70; < New Latin < Greek massētḗr, variant of masētḗr chewer, masseter, equivalent to masē-, variant stem of masâsthai to chew + -tēr agentive suffix
Related forms
masseteric
[mas-i-ter-ik] /ˌmæs ɪˈtɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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masseter

/mæˈsiːtə/
noun
1.
(anatomy) a muscle of the cheek used in moving the jaw, esp in chewing
Derived Forms
masseteric (ˌmæsɪˈtɛrɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin from Greek masētēr one who chews, from masāsthai to chew
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