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
Recent Examples of buccal from the Web
Anderson also filed a motion for Hummel to submit a buccal swab, a swab of the cheek for DNA.
In fact, elephant seals spend so much time diving and so little time at the water’s surface that some researchers propose (tongue implanted into medial wall of buccal cavity) that they might better be regarded as ‘surfacers’ rather than ‘
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.
The judge also granted a prosecution request to obtain additional fingerprint and buccal swab samples from Cross.
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Origin and Etymology of buccal
Latin bucca cheek
First Known Use: circa 1721See Words from the same year
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