buccinator

[ buhk-suh-ney-ter ]
/ ˈbʌk səˌneɪ tər /

noun Anatomy.

a thin, flat muscle lining the cheek, the action of which contracts and compresses the cheek.

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Origin of buccinator

1665–75; <New Latin; Latin buccinātor, būcinātor trumpeter, equivalent to būcinā(re) to signal on a trumpet (verbal derivative of būcina curved trumpet or horn) + -tor-tor

OTHER WORDS FROM buccinator

buc·ci·na·to·ry [buhk-suh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, buhk-suh-ney-tuh-ree], /ˈbʌk sə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌbʌk səˈneɪ tə ri/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for buccinator

buccinator
/ (ˈbʌksɪˌneɪtə) /

noun

a thin muscle that compresses the cheeks and holds them against the teeth during chewing, etc

Word Origin for buccinator

C17: from Latin, from buccināre to sound the trumpet, from buccina trumpet
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Medical definitions for buccinator

buccinator
[ bŭksə-nā′tər ]

n.

A muscle with origin from the alveolar portion of the maxilla, mandible, and pterygomandibular ligament, with insertion into the orbicular muscle of the mouth, with nerve supply from the facial nerve, and whose action flattens the cheek and retracts the angle of the mouth.cheek muscle
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