1. temporalis

noun. muscle extending from the temporal fossa to the coronoid process of the mandible; acts to raise the mandible and close the jaws.


  • skeletal muscle
  • temporal muscle
  • temporalis muscle
  • musculus temporalis


  • flexor

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Sentences with temporalis

1. Adjective
The ends of the temporalis musle connect to the skull in front of, above and behind the ear and other jaw muscles used in the process of chewing.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Your masticators are a group of four muscles — the masseter, the temporalis, and the lateral and medial pterygoids — that are responsible for making the chewing motion.