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masticate

[′mas·tə‚kāt]
(chemical engineering)
To process rubber on a machine to make it softer and more pliable before mixing with other substances.
(physiology)
To chew.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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