buccinator

noun

buc·​ci·​na·​tor ˈbək-sə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce buccinator (audio)
: a thin broad muscle forming the wall of the cheek

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin bucinator trumpeter, from bucinare to sound on the trumpet, from bucina trumpet, from bov-, bos cow + canere to sing, play — more at cow, chant

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buccinator was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Buccinator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buccinator. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

buccinator

noun
buc·​ci·​na·​tor ˈbək-sə-ˌnāt-ər How to pronounce buccinator (audio)
: a thin broad muscle forming the wall of the cheek and serving to compress the cheek against the teeth and to retract the angle of the mouth

called also buccinator muscle

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