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buccal

[buhk-uh l] /ˈbʌk əl/
adjective, Anatomy
1.
of or pertaining to the cheek.
2.
pertaining to the sides of the mouth or to the mouth; oral.
3.
Dentistry. directed toward the cheek.
Compare distal (def 2), mesial (def 2).
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; (< F) < Latin bucc(a) (see bucco-) + -al1
Related forms
buccally, adverb
postbuccal, adjective
prebuccal, adjective
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Examples from the web for buccal
  • buccal swab kit, instructions, and a self-addressed envelope in which to return your cheek swab sample.
  • Along its line of attachment to the buccal epithelium is a shallow groove, the dental furrow.
  • The buccal cavity of the electric eel may breathe air.
British Dictionary definitions for buccal

buccal

/ˈbʌkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the cheek
2.
of or relating to the mouth; oral: buccal lesion
Word Origin
C19: from Latin bucca cheek
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Word Origin and History for buccal
adj.

"pertaining to the cheek," 1831, from Latin bucca "cheek," especially when puffed out (later "mouth"); see bouche.

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buccal in Medicine

buccal buc·cal (bŭk'əl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, adjacent to, or in the direction of the cheek.

  2. Of or relating to the mouth cavity.

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