Definition of temporalis in English:

temporalis

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

Anatomy
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.

Origin

late 17th century: from late Latin.

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