Definition of digastric in English:

digastric

Line breaks: di|gas¦tric
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈgastrɪk
 
/
(also digastric muscle)

noun

Anatomy
  • Each of a pair of muscles which run under the jaw and act to open it.
    More example sentences
    • Training caused an increase in the activity of citrate synthase and superoxide dismutase in the digastric muscle, the sternohyoid muscle, and the costal diaphragm.
    • Accessory slips may join the muscle from the digastric, from the stylomandibular ligament, or the angle of the mandible.
    • The submandibular glands are located within a triangle bounded by the sternocleidomastoid muscle, the posterior belly of the digastric muscle, and the body of the mandible.

Origin

late 17th century: from modern Latin digastricus, from di- 'twice' + Greek gastēr 'belly' (because the muscle has two fleshy parts or ‘bellies’ at an angle, connected by a tendon).

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