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buccinator

[buhk-suh-ney-ter] /ˈbʌk səˌneɪ tər/
noun, Anatomy
1.
a thin, flat muscle lining the cheek, the action of which contracts and compresses the cheek.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < Neo-Latin; Latin buccinātor, būcinātor trumpeter, equivalent to būcinā(re) to signal on a trumpet (verbal derivative of būcina curved trumpet or horn) + -tor -tor
Related forms
buccinatory
[buhk-suh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, buhk-suh-ney-tuh-ree] /ˈbʌk sə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌbʌk səˈneɪ tə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for buccinator

buccinator

/ˈbʌksɪˌneɪtə/
noun
1.
a thin muscle that compresses the cheeks and holds them against the teeth during chewing, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from buccināre to sound the trumpet, from buccina trumpet
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