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v. mas·ti·cat·ed, mas·ti·cat·ing, mas·ti·cates
1. To chew (food).
2. To grind and knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
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.
References in classic literature ?
The novelist always compares the masticators of his heroine to ivory; but I boldly pronounce the teeth of the Typee to be far more beautiful than ivory itself.
The masticator space (MS) contains muscles of mastication (medial and lateral pterygoid, masseter, and temporalis), ramus of the mandible and the third division of the cranial nerve V (Figure 10A).
Increasing trismus is an indication that infection has involved masticator, pterygomandibular, parapharyngeal and retropharyngeal spaces.
A case of Masticator muscle myositis in a dog and its successful treatment is hereby reported.
If a contractor had an excavator with a processing head, that was considered a harvester; an excavator with a mulching head was considered a masticator.
The rotating head of a masticator mulches timber and brush.
The mass had compressed the masticator space anteriorly without displacement of the carotid sheath, but with possible extension into the superficial lobe of the parotid gland.
This condition has a multi-factorial etiology, including alterations of the masticator muscle, temporomandibular joints (TMJs), and emotional factors (1).
The CT scan revealed osteomyelitis of the right zygomatic arch and anterior wall of the maxillary sinus, with inflammatory changes in the masticator space (fig.
It is reported that Kafka was a fastidious masticator, managing to swallow just a few forkfuls in the time it took others to polish off their plates; Fischer obviously has no patience for such self-rationing (and potentially antisocial) tactics.
The parapharyngeal and masticator spaces have been described in the 1930s.