mastication

(redirected from physiology of mastication)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to physiology of mastication: components of mastication

mastication

 [mas″tĭ-ka´shun]
the act of chewing.

mas·ti·ca·tion

(mas'ti-kā'shŭn),
The process of chewing food in preparation for deglutition and digestion; the act of grinding or comminuting with the teeth.
[L. mastico, pp. -atus, to chew]

mastication

/mas·ti·ca·tion/ (mas″tĭ-ka´shun) chewing; the biting and grinding of food.

mastication

[mas′tikā′shən]
Etymology: L, masticare, to chew
chewing, tearing, or grinding food with the teeth while it becomes mixed with saliva. See also bolus, digestion, ptyalin.

mastication

noun The act of chewing.

mas·ti·ca·tion

(mas'ti-kā'shŭn)
The process of chewing food in preparation for deglutition and digestion; the act of grinding or comminuting with the teeth.
[L. mastico, pp. -atus, to chew]

mastication

Chewing.

mastication

the process of chewing and breaking down food particles before swallowing.

mas·ti·ca·tion

(mas'ti-kā'shŭn)
Process of chewing food in preparation for deglutition and digestion.
[L. mastico, pp. -atus, to chew]

mastication

the act of chewing. Abnormalities of this function commonly occur and often have diagnostic significance. Painful teeth may cause slow, intermittent or one-sided eating. Dropping of the food from the mouth during eating may have a similar cause. Periodic stopping eating for long periods when there is food in the mouth is a common sign in encephalitis and encephalopathy. See also cud dropping, quidding, tobacco-chewers.