Characteristics of rhythmic jaw movements of the rabbit.

  title={Characteristics of rhythmic jaw movements of the rabbit.},
  author={Toshifumi Morimoto and Tomio Inoue and Takehiro Nakamura and Yasutaka Kawamura},
  journal={Archives of oral biology},
  volume={30 9},
The jaw-movement pattern of the rabbit during chewing foods of different consistency was analysed. The basic movement trajectory on the frontal plane showed a crescent loop, irrespective of the food type. Difference in food consistency exerted only minor effects on the maximum gape, extent of lateral excursion and the chewing rate. These parameters of jaw movement and also the duration of a single masticatory cycle (TCL) appeared to change with physical properties other than the hardness of… CONTINUE READING

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