buccal

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From Latin bucca (the cheek) +‎ -al.

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buccal (not comparable)

  1. (anatomy, dentistry, relational) Of, relating to, near, involving, or supplying the cheek.
    buccal surface of the molars, buccal branch of the facial nerve
    Synonyms: (of a tooth) facial, genal
  2. Of, relating to, or lying in the mouth.
    buccal cavity
  3. (pharmacology) Administered in the mouth, not by swallowing but by absorption through the skin of the cheek; often by placing between the top gum and the inside of the lip.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned word formed from the root of Latin bucca (whence French bouche) with the suffix -al.

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buccal (feminine singular buccale, masculine plural buccaux, feminine plural buccales)

  1. buccal

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