Definition of temporalis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtempəˈraləs/ Pronunciation: /-ˈrālis/


A fan-shaped muscle that runs from the side of the skull to the back of the lower jaw and is involved in closing the mouth and chewing.
Example sentences
  • There are thirty-two segments devoted to a particular muscle, such as the temporalis.
  • The mass was palpable along the right temporalis muscle.
  • The first masticatory jaw motions involve irregular contractions of both the masseter and temporalis muscles.


Late 17th century: from late Latin.

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Syllabification: tem·po·ral·is

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