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MASTICATION

 Dictionary entry overview: What does mastication mean? 

MASTICATION (noun)
  The noun MASTICATION has 1 sense:

1. biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow

  Familiarity information: MASTICATION used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MASTICATION (noun)


Sense 1mastication [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

chewing; mastication; chew; manduction

Hypernyms ("mastication" is a kind of...):

change of state (the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mastication"):

chomping (the act of chewing noisily)

gumming; mumbling (ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth))

rumination ((of ruminants) chewing (the cud))

Holonyms ("mastication" is a part of...):

eating; feeding (the act of consuming food)


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