Definition of temporalis in English:

temporalis

noun

Anatomy
  • A fan-shaped muscle which runs from the side of the skull to the back of the lower jaw and is involved in closing the mouth and chewing:

    [as modifier] ‘temporalis muscle’
    • ‘The mass was palpable along the right temporalis muscle.’
    • ‘The primary jaw muscles were the superficial elements of the temporalis.’
    • ‘The first masticatory jaw motions involve irregular contractions of both the masseter and temporalis muscles.’
    • ‘There are thirty-two segments devoted to a particular muscle, such as the temporalis.’
    • ‘The temporal ridges are enlarged and help support large temporalis muscles.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from late Latin.

Pronunciation:

temporalis

/ˌtɛmpəˈreɪlɪs/