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

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 Unlike great whites and tiger sharks, which must keep swimming to ventilate their gills, draughtsboard sharks are a species of buccal pumping sharks, which manually push water over their gills to take in oxygen while stationary. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2022 With buccal fat removal, excess fat is taken out of the face. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2021 Teigen's facial plastic surgeon, Jason Diamond, MD—who also did her buccal fat removal—posted about his most recent work, as well. Korin Miller, Health.com, 22 Nov. 2021 At the start of the vetting process, I was sent a buccal swab kit to collect cells from inside my cheek. Armando Garcia, ABC News, 27 Oct. 2021 Once Vaughn was identified, investigators obtained a DNA search warrant; worked with a detective in Parkersburg, West Virginia; and collected DNA from Vaughn via buccal swabs on May 5, police said. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 29 June 2021 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, 12 July 2020 Baleen whales suck in mouthfuls of water and extract small organisms such as krill, using fibrous buccal filters. The Economist, 14 Dec. 2019 Police have also obtained buccal swab search warrants to collect DNA from the men. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, 22 May 2018 See More

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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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“Buccal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buccal. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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