- 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
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Examples from the Web for buccinator
To this part of the buccinator some authors give the name of molar muscle.
In the ox, it is more intimately united with the buccinator.
(mosaics), where the buccinator is accompanied on the hydraulus.
The second of the common is the Buccinator or Trumpeter, which is swell'd when one sounds a Trumpet.The Compleat Surgeon, or the Whole Art of Surgery Explain'd in a Most Familiar Method
Charles Gabriel Le Clerc
It was a swan, and one of the very largest kind—a “trumpeter” (Cygnus buccinator).The Young Voyageurs
- a thin muscle that compresses the cheeks and holds them against the teeth during chewing, etc
C17: from Latin, from buccināre to sound the trumpet, from buccina trumpet
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