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mas·ti·cate

 (măs′tĭ-kāt′)
v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
v.tr.
1. To chew (food).
2. To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
v.intr.
To chew food.

[Late Latin masticāre, masticāt-, to masticate, from Greek mastikhān, to grind the teeth.]

mas′ti·ca′tion n.
mas′ti·ca′tor n.

mas·ti·ca·tion

(măs′tĭ-kā′shən)
The chewing or grinding of food by the teeth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mastication - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallowmastication - biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
chomping - the act of chewing noisily
gumming, mumbling - ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)
rumination - (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); "ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination"
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
Translations

mastication

nKauen nt; (for young) → Vorkauen nt

mas·ti·ca·tion

n. masticación.
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These muscles would need to be capable of powerful burst activity, as opposed to more slow-twitch muscles involved in mastication.