A gnathodynamometer (or occlusometer) is an instrument for measuring the force exerted in closing the mouth. A bimeter gnathodynamometer is one with an adjustable central-bearing point.

As per the inventor's design study, the instrument works well "in measuring maximal bite force and masticatory efficiency of incisor and molar teeth, respectively."

Sharks are baited into biting hard plastic sheets, which are brought to the laboratory. The depth of the indentations shows the force of the bite. The inventor is J. N. Snodgrass.

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  • gnathodynamometer — noun An instrument used to measure the force applied in closing the jaws. Syn: occlusometer See Also: gnathodynamics, gnathodynamometry …   Wiktionary

  • gnathodynamometer — A device for measuring biting pressure. SYN: bite gauge, occlusometer. [gnatho + dynamometer] * * * gnatho·dy·na·mom·e·ter (nath″o di″nə momґə tər) [gnatho + dynamometer] an instrument for measuring the force exerted in …   Medical dictionary

  • bimeter gnathodynamometer — a gnathodynamometer equipped with a central bearing point of adjustable height …   Medical dictionary

  • occlusometer — SYN: gnathodynamometer. * * * oc·clu·som·e·ter (ok″loo somґə tər) gnathodynamometer …   Medical dictionary

  • List of medical roots, suffixes and prefixes — This is a list of roots, suffixes, and prefixes used in medical terminology, their meanings, and their etymology. There are a few rules when using medical roots. Firstly, prefixes and suffixes, primarily in Greek, but also in Latin, have a… …   Wikipedia

  • occlusometer — noun A gnathodynamometer …   Wiktionary

  • gnathic — adjective /ˈɡnæθɪk,ˈnæθɪk/ Of or pertaining to the jaw. ‘Want to get an idea of your gnathic index, and that mustache is in the way.’ See Also: gnathal, gnathion, gnathite, gnathitis, gnatho, gnathonic, gnathonical, gnathonically, gnathonism,… …   Wiktionary

  • bimeter — noun a) A type of gnathodynamometer having an adjustable central bearing point. b) The setting of one meter against another …   Wiktionary

  • gauge — A measuring device. SYN: gage. bite g. SYN: gnathodynamometer. Boley g. a caliper type g. graduated in millimeters used to measure the thickness of various dental materials. catheter g. a metal …   Medical dictionary

  • Masticatory force — or force of mastication is defined as a force, which is created by the dynamic action of the masticatory muscles during the physiological act of chewing. Contents 1 Masticatory muscles 2 Measuring masticatory force …   Wikipedia