Definition of Cheek muscle

1. Noun. A muscle that flattens the cheek and retracts the angle of the mouth.

Exact synonyms: Buccinator Muscle, Musculus Buccinator
Generic synonyms: Facial Muscle
Group relationships: Cheek



Medical Definition of Cheek muscle

1. Origin, posterior portion of alveolar portion of maxilla and mandible and pterygomandibular raphe; insertion, orbicularis oris at angle of mouth; action, flattens cheek, retracts angle of mouth; nerve supply, facial. Plays an important role in mastication, working with tongue to keep food between teeth; when it is paralysed, food accumulates in the oral vestibule. A muscle of the cheek; so called from its use in blowing wind instruments. Origin: L, a trumpeter, fr. Bucinare to sound the trumpet. Synonym: musculus buccinator, cheek muscle. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Cheek muscle

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1. Wisconsin Journal of Education by Wisconsin Education Association Council, Wisconsin Education Association, Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (1887)
"Just below and in front of the ears will be seen, on each side, the large parotid gland, with its thread-like duct running forward across the cheek- muscle. ..."

2. Mental and Moral Science: A Compendium of Psychology and Ethics by Alexander Bain (1868)
"(5) The buccinator (or cheek muscle) is a thiu, flat, broad muscle, occupying the interval bo- tween the jaws. It is used in masticating the food; ..."

3. Anatomy and Histology of the Mouth and Teeth by Isaac Norman Broomell, Philipp Fischelis (1917)
"The transverse set is continuous with the fibers of the buccinator or cheek muscle, and forms the greater part -of the muscle. The red or labial portion of ..."

4. The Mind of the Child: Observations Concerning the Mental Development of the by William T. Preyer (1898)
"... the sight of a dazzlingly bright object, by the contraction of the external parts of the orbicular muscle (particularly the orbital and cheek muscle). ..."

5. The Mind of the Child: Observations Concerning the Mental Development of the by William T. Preyer (1895)
"... the sight of a dazzlingly bright object, by the contraction of the external parts of the orbicular muscle (particularly the orbital and cheek muscle). ..."

6. Mental Science: A Compendium of Psychology, and the History of Philosophy by Alexander Bain (1886)
"... and curve it upwards in smiling, (o) The buccinator (or cheek muscle) is a thin, flat, broad muscle, occupying the interval between the jaws. ..."

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