buccal

adjective
buc·​cal | \ ˈbə-kəl How to pronounce buccal (audio) \

Definition of buccal

1 : of, relating to, near, involving, or supplying a cheek the buccal surface of a tooth the buccal branch of the facial nerve
2 : of, relating to, involving, or lying in the mouth the buccal cavity

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Other Words from buccal

buccally \ ˈbə-​kə-​lē How to pronounce buccal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of buccal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The post is correct, though, that cheek swabs — called buccal smears, which retrieve a few cells from inside the cheek — are often used for genetic tests, according to the National Institutes of Health. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Though nasal test for COVID-19 swabs deep into the nose, nothing is implanted," 12 July 2020 Baleen whales suck in mouthfuls of water and extract small organisms such as krill, using fibrous buccal filters. The Economist, "How cetaceans got so large," 14 Dec. 2019 Police have also obtained buccal swab search warrants to collect DNA from the men. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "NOPD seeks persons of interest in 2017 Algiers murder," 22 May 2018 Once McCain’s DNA information was recorded upon the arrest, Franquiz said, officials collected new buccal swabs from him in mid-April. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Eustis man faces charges for crime police say he committed 2 years ago," 27 July 2017 Backed by a search warrant, Nolan said another buccal swab was taken from inside Lewis' cheek and that DNA profile also came back as a match to the hair sample recovered from the cap. Ken Daley, NOLA.com, "NOPD makes arrest in 2015 French Quarter double shooting," 25 May 2017 The judge also granted a prosecution request to obtain additional fingerprint and buccal swab samples from Cross. Dan Campana, Elgin Courier-News, "Teen pleads not guilty in Elgin shooting," 12 May 2017 Anderson also filed a motion for Hummel to submit a buccal swab, a swab of the cheek for DNA. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Hobart father accused of inadvertently shooting his daughter appears in court," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of buccal

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buccal

Latin bucca cheek

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The first known use of buccal was circa 1721

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“Buccal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buccal. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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buccal

adjective
buc·​cal | \ ˈbək-əl How to pronounce buccal (audio) \

Medical Definition of buccal

1 : of, relating to, near, involving, or supplying a cheek the buccal surface of a tooth the buccal branch of the facial nerve
2 : of, relating to, involving, or lying in the mouth the buccal cavity

Other Words from buccal

buccally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce buccal (audio) \ adverb

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