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cheek

 [chēk]
1. the fleshy portion of either side of the face. Called also bucca and mala.
2. any fleshy protuberance resembling the cheek of the face.
cleft cheek facial cleft caused by developmental failure of union between the maxillary and frontonasal prominences.

cheek

(chēk),
The side of the face forming the lateral wall of the mouth.
Synonym(s): bucca, gena, mala (1)
[A. S. ceáce]

cheek

(chēk)
1. the fleshy portion of either side of the face, or the fleshy mucous membrane–covered side of the oral cavity.
2. any fleshy protuberance resembling the cheek of the face.

cleft cheek  facial cleft caused by developmental failure of union between the maxillary and frontonasal processes.

cheek

(chēk)
n.
1. The fleshy part of either side of the face below the eye and between the nose and ear.
2. Something resembling the cheek in shape or position.

cheek

Etymology: AS, ceace
a fleshy prominence, especially the fleshy protuberances on both sides of the face between the eye and the jaw and the ear and the nose and mouth.

cheek

(chēk)
The side of the face forming the lateral wall of the mouth.
Synonym(s): bucca, gena, mala (1) .
[A. S. ceáce]

cheek

(chēk)
Side of face forming lateral wall of the mouth.
Synonym(s): bucca, mala (1) .
[A. S. ceáce]

cheek,

n the fleshy area on each side of the face below the eye and between the ear, nose, and oral cavity.
cheek biting,
n the chewing of one's cheek (buccal mucosa) because of malocclusion, oral habit, or lack of coordination in the chewing cycle. Can result in trauma to the area.

cheek

the fleshy portion of either side of the face, forming the sides of the mouth and continuing rostrally to the lips. Attached to alveolar borders of maxillae and mandibles. Called also bucca.

cleft cheek
facial cleft caused by developmental failure of union between the maxillary and primitive frontonasal processes.
cheek pouches
evaginations of the oral cavity extending alongside the head and neck, as far as the scapulae, in hamsters. Used to transport food. In experimental studies tissues in these pouches demonstrate immunologial tolerance to grafted tissues.
cheek swelling
caused usually by osteomyelitis of the jaw bones, local neoplasia, packing of food in a chronically malfunctioning cheek or a large foreign body stuck in the cheek space.
cheek teeth
molars and premolars.

Patient discussion about cheek

Q. I have this blackhead on my cheek area for about a year..,How do I remove it?

A. This type of blackhead you are describing sounds like comedonal (non-inflammatory) acne, as opposed to acne that is inflammatory or severe inflammatory (which usually will not remain for a year on the skin). There are many basic local treatments which can be found at pharmacies over-the-counter. Whether it is gel or cream (which are rubbed into the pores over the affected region), bar soaps or washes - it is important to keep the skin clean of bacteria, that may worsen blackheads.

Q. What would thick white "plaque" that builds up on the inside of the cheek be caused by? My son has RA & is on several medications. Is this caused by medication or is it a sign of gum disease or just certain oral products that he may be using?

A. You didn’t specify the medications he’s treated with, but some of the medications used to treat RA, especially steroids, may cause infection of the mouth with fungi (i.e. oral candidiasis). It’s a side effect of the treatment and it can be treated with local antifungal medications.

However, I haven’t even seen the lesions you speak about, so it’s all just general advice – you may want to consult your doctor.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000626.htm

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References in periodicals archive ?
Always make sure that the cheek pouches are empty before scruffing.
They are less likely to bite and they don't have the ability to turn around in their skin like a hamster because the skin is tighter and without the excess of cheek pouches.
Previous experience with trapping squirrels in our area indicated Polygonum seeds and rhizomes would be common items carried in cheek pouches.
We never observed material in the cheek pouches in any of 160 juvenile females trapped 375 times.
Males and females also carried different material in their cheek pouches (Pearson's [chi square] = 11.
Other genera commonly found in the cheek pouches of males were Luzula, Carex, Ranunculus, Potentilla, Cerastium, Draba, Cardamine, and Eutrema.
For arctic ground squirrels, we found clear intersexual differences in the frequency with which squirrels carried material in their cheek pouches, when they carried material, and what they carried (Figs.
Thus, the timing of males carrying material in their cheek pouches in our study is consistent with their results (McLean and Towns, 1981).
When a chipmunk encountered a bait station, it typically ate one or two seeds and then filled its cheek pouches and carried a load of seeds away.
If I captured a chipmunk, I checked its cheek pouches for traces of radioactivity (to confirm that it was the chipmunk I had been observing), weighted it, and determined its sex and age.
In both cases, I found a single seed of one load cached with numerous seeds of the next load, suggesting that this chipmunk had twice returned to the bait station with one seed in its cheek pouches.
The rats unloaded their cheek pouches at burrow entrances and pushed the seeds into the burrow with their forelimbs.