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:
- The US English dictionary