Definition: 'Masticatory Silent Period'
masticatory silent periodType: Term
1. a pause in electromyographic patterns associated with tooth contacts during chewing and biting; a part of the complex feedback mechanism of mandibular control involving receptors in the periodontal ligament and muscles.
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