[ 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.

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

Related forms

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


/ (ˈbʌksɪˌneɪtə) /


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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