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[ buhk-uh l ]
/ ˈbʌk əl /

adjective Anatomy.

of or relating to the cheek.
pertaining to the sides of the mouth or to the mouth; oral.
Dentistry. directed toward the cheek.Compare distal(def 2), mesial(def 2).

Nearby words

bubonocele, bubu, bucaramanga, bucardia, bucca, buccal, buccal artery, buccal cavity, buccal gland, buccal nerve, buccally

Origin of buccal

1825–35; (< F) < Latin bucc(a) (see bucco-) + -al1
Related formsbuc·cal·ly, adverbpost·buc·cal, adjectivepre·buc·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for buccal


/ (ˈbʌkəl) /


of or relating to the cheek
of or relating to the mouth; oralbuccal lesion

Word Origin for buccal

C19: from Latin bucca cheek
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for buccal



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for buccal


[ bŭkəl ]


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