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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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Retention of natural teeth for overdentures preserves some of the sensory input from periodontal receptors which are more precise than that obtained from the oral mucosa and the Sensory innervations is important components of mastication.