masticate | mastication

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Meaning(s)

chew food

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masticate - chew

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The word ‘masticate’ is a formal, specialized way to describe chewing your food until it is softened or reduced to a pulp. It is not commonly used, but when it is it tends to be in a medical context, or as a more polite way of describing the chewing process.

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Synonyms munch,gnaw,nibble
Antonyms scoff,binge,guzzle

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  1. Can you please keep your mouth closed when you chew your food? It’s rude to masticate so loudly.

  2. You can easily get indigestion by scoffing your dinner without properly masticating it first.

  3. The patient’s lack of teeth makes mastication difficult, so she requires blended food.

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