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[buhk-uh l]
adjective Anatomy.
  1. of or relating to the cheek.
  2. pertaining to the sides of the mouth or to the mouth; oral.
  3. Dentistry. directed toward the cheek.Compare distal(def 2), mesial(def 2).
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Origin of buccal

1825–35; (< F) < Latin bucc(a) (see bucco-) + -al1
Related formsbuc·cal·ly, adverbpost·buc·cal, adjectivepre·buc·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for buccal


  1. of or relating to the cheek
  2. of or relating to the mouth; oralbuccal lesion
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Word Origin for buccal

C19: from Latin bucca cheek
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Word Origin and History for buccal


"pertaining to the cheek," 1831, from Latin bucca "cheek," especially when puffed out (later "mouth"); see bouche.

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buccal in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, adjacent to, or in the direction of the cheek.
  2. Of or relating to the mouth cavity.
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