[ buhk-uhl ]

  1. of or relating to the cheek.

  2. pertaining to the sides of the mouth or to the mouth; oral.

  1. Dentistry. directed toward the cheek.: Compare distal (def. 2), mesial (def. 2).

Origin of buccal

First recorded in 1825–35; from New Latin buccālis, equivalent to Latin bucca “cheek, mouth” + -ālis adjective suffix; see origin at bucco-, -al1

Other words from buccal

  • buc·cal·ly, adverb
  • post·buc·cal, adjective
  • pre·buc·cal, adjective

Words Nearby buccal

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How to use buccal in a sentence

  • The ear communicates with the buccal cavity by the Eustachian tube, so does the branchial chamber by means of the gill-slits.

    Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • The fifth cusp always appears in the middle of the heel, or between the posterior lingual and the posterior buccal.

    Degeneracy | Eugene S. Talbot
  • The lingual tubercle is very constant on the first bicuspid of man and is as well developed as the buccal.

    Degeneracy | Eugene S. Talbot
  • They, however, resemble even as much in arrangement and greater number the buccal cirri of Amphioxus.

  • Rod-like cuticular continuation of inner jaw, lying in a pit of the buccal cavity.

British Dictionary definitions for buccal


/ (ˈbʌkəl) /

  1. of or relating to the cheek

  2. of or relating to the mouth; oral: buccal lesion

Origin of buccal

C19: from Latin bucca cheek

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