buccinator (muscle)

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buc·ci·na·tor (mus·cle)

facial muscle of cheek; origin, posterior portion of alveolar portion of maxilla and mandible and pterygomandibular raphe; insertion, angle of mouth; also become interspersed with more horizontal portions of the orbicularis oris; action, flattens cheek, retracts angle of mouth; plays an important role in mastication, working with tongue and orbicularis oris muscle to keep food between teeth; when it is paralyzed, as in Bell palsy, food accumulates in the oral vestibule; nerve supply, facial.
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B) Horses have cheek muscles that can pull the corners of their mouths up, like a smile.
The innate strength of cheek muscles makes lesions like diverticulum, a rare probability.
Scuba diving: Clenching seems to be the greatest risk factor for pain in the cheek muscles following diving.
The repair consisted of marking the proposed site of new commissure, repair of the mucosa including that of the commissure, restoration of orbicularis sphincter and integrity of cheek muscles and z-plasty closure of skin.
Handsomely produced but as dramatically inert as star Nicole Kidman's frigid cheek muscles, Dahan's strained bid to recapture the critical and commercial success of his smash Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie en Rose" is the sort of misbegotten venture no amount of clever re-editing could hope to improve.
Professor Susan Fiske of Princeton University and her former PhD student Mina Cikara, now of Carnegie Mellon University, measured the electrical activity of cheek muscles with an electromyogram.
Within five pages, she has cheek muscles "flicker" instead of flex or twitch; a garment comprised of natural items "weaved" instead of woven; and a character "sketch" a mocking bow instead of perhaps feigning one.
He also ensures all that their cheek muscles are still in perfect working order; you'd certainly struggle to stop laughing after the evening is over, his best work lingering in your mind.
This makes the cheek muscles and tongue prone to bites," says Dr Malhotra.
Since cheek muscles are constantly exercised, they tend to be tough, and are therefore ideal for long cooking preparations.