Share this entry

temporalis Line breaks: tem|por¦alis
Pronunciation: /ˌtɛmpəˈreɪlɪs/

Definition of temporalis in English:


A fan-shaped muscle which runs from the side of the skull to the back of the lower jaw and is involved in closing the mouth and chewing: [as modifier]: temporalis muscle
More 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.

Definition of temporalis in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈduːfʌs
a stupid person