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masticate

[mas-ti-keyt] /ˈmæs tɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), masticated, masticating.
1.
to chew.
2.
to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading, as rubber.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Late Latin masticātus, past participle of masticāre to chew. See mastic, -ate1
Related forms
masticable
[mas-ti-kuh-buh l] /ˈmæs tɪ kə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
mastication, noun
masticator, noun
half-masticated, adjective
remasticate, verb, remasticated, remasticating.
remastication, noun
unmasticated, adjective
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Examples for masticate
  • These mixers use tremendous power to literally chew, or masticate, rubber and solid fillers into an acceptable mixture.
  • Cottontail rabbits congregate there, snuffling bits of surface grit to help them masticate dandelions and clover.
  • Wind it up and it looks set to masticate you into a gooey porridge.
  • Mechanical treatments would grind up or masticate undesirable understory vegetation.
  • Used for patients who are unwilling or unable to masticate or swallow food.
  • Whether he has a sufficient number of teeth to masticate his food properly and to tear his cartridge quickly and with ease.
British Dictionary definitions for masticate

masticate

/ˈmæstɪˌkeɪt/
verb
1.
to chew (food)
2.
to reduce (materials such as rubber) to a pulp by crushing, grinding, or kneading
Derived Forms
masticable, adjective
mastication, noun
masticator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin masticāre, from Greek mastikhan to grind the teeth
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Word Origin and History for masticate
masticate
1640s, from L.L. masticat-, pp. stem of masticare (see mastication). Related: Masticated; masticating.
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masticate in Medicine

masticate mas·ti·cate (mās'tĭ-kāt')
v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
To chew food.


mas'ti·ca'tion n.
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