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masticatory system

 

Definition: the organs and structures primarily functioning in mastication: the jaws, teeth with their supporting structures, temporomandibular joint, muscles of mastication, tongue, lips, cheeks, and oral mucosa.

Synonym(s): dental apparatus, masticatory apparatus1

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