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mas·se·ter

 (mə-sē′tər, mă-)
n.
A thick muscle in the cheek that closes the jaws during chewing.

[New Latin massētēr, from Greek masētēr, massētēr, from masāsthai, to chew.]

mas′se·ter′ic (măs′ĭ-tĕr′ĭk) adj.
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masseter

(mæˈsiːtə)
n
(Anatomy) anatomy a muscle of the cheek used in moving the jaw, esp in chewing
[C17: from New Latin from Greek masētēr one who chews, from masāsthai to chew]
masseteric adj
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mas•se•ter

(məˈsi tər)

n.
a short thick masticatory muscle, assisting in closing the jaws by raising the mandible or lower jaw.
[1660–70; < New Latin < Greek massḗtēr, variant of masētḗr chewer, masseter < masē-, variant s. of masâsthai to chew]
mas•se•ter•ic (ˌmæs ɪˈtɛr ɪk) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.masseter - a large muscle that raises the lower jaw and is used in chewingmasseter - a large muscle that raises the lower jaw and is used in chewing
facial muscle - any of the skeletal muscles of the face
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mas·se·ter

n. músculo masetero, músculo principal de la masticación.
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For example, volume, length and position of the temporal and masseter muscles vary among bat species from different dietary groups (Dumont, 1999; Freeman, 1981; 1984, Nogueira et al., 2005, Swartz et al., 2003; Van Cakenberghe et al., 2002; Dumont et al., 2009).
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The results of this study showed that of all the masticatory muscles, the most severe pain at palpation was related to masseter, followed by the temporalis muscle.
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