1. mastication

noun. biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow.


  • rumination
  • chew
  • eating
  • gumming
  • manduction
  • chewing
  • chomping
  • change of state
  • mumbling

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Sentences with mastication

1. Noun, singular or mass
The initial stage of protein breakdown occurs in your mouth through mastication, or what you may know better as chewing, when your teeth break apart large pieces of food to increase the surface area for easier digestion.