[ 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).

Origin of buccal

1825–35; (< F) < Latin bucc(a) (see bucco-) + -al1

Related forms

buc·cal·ly, adverbpost·buc·cal, adjectivepre·buc·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for buccally


/ (ˈbʌkəl) /


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

Word Origin for buccal

C19: from Latin bucca cheek
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Medicine definitions for buccally


[ bŭkəl ]


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