masticatory silent period

mas·ti·ca·to·ry si·lent pe·ri·od

a pause in electromyographic patterns associated with tooth contacts during chewing and biting; a part of the complex feedback mechanism of mandibular control involving receptors in the periodontal ligament and muscles.

mas·ti·ca·to·ry si·lent pe·ri·od

(masti-kā-tōr-ē sīlĕnt pērē-ŏd)
Pause in electromyographic patterns associated with tooth contacts during chewing and biting.