masticatory muscles


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masticatory muscles

[TA]
muscles derived from the first (mandibular) arch used in chewing; all receive innervation from the motor root of the trigeminal nerve via its mandibular division; includes masseter muscle, temporalis muscle, lateral pterygoid muscle, and medial pterygoid muscle.
Synonym(s): musculus masticatorii [TA], muscles of mastication, musculi masticatorii

mas·ti·ca·to·ry mus·cles

(masti-kă-tōr-ē mŭsĕlz) [TA]
Muscles derived from first (mandibular) arch used in chewing; all receive innervation from motor root of trigeminal nerve via its mandibular division; includes masseter muscle, temporalis muscle, lateral pterygoid muscle, and medial pterygoid muscle.

masticatory muscles,

n.pl See muscles, masticatory.
Mastigophora
n a subphylum of sarcomastigophora con-sisting of parasitic protozoa, also called flagellates. Causes diseases such as enteritis, urethritis, vaginitis, and Chagas' disease by drinking contaminated water, contact with vaginal discharge, and through bug bite.

masticatory

1. pertaining to mastication.
2. a substance to be chewed, but not swallowed.

masticatory muscles
include the masseter, temporal, pterygoids and digastric muscles.
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Furthermore, proper geometry of occlusal surfaces of posterior teeth determines appropriate distribution of occlusal load to the supporting structures and normal activity of masticatory muscles and temporomandibular joints.
Clenching was simulated by the action of resultant force vectors of four bilateral masticatory muscles, responsible for the elevation of the mandible, which was assumed as static occlusal load.