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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The side of the face forming the lateral wall of the mouth.
Synonym(s): bucca, gena, mala (1)
[A. S. ceáce]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


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.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


The side of the face forming the lateral wall of the mouth.
Synonym(s): bucca, gena, mala (1) .
[A. S. ceáce]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Side of face forming lateral wall of the mouth.
Synonym(s): bucca, mala (1) .
[A. S. ceáce]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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.

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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.
We also recorded whether the squirrel was carrying material, as indicated by enlarged cheek pouches.
From 2000 to 2002, in 4.4% of captures of adult males (n = 471) and 0.6% of captures of adult females (n = 1032), the individuals had material in their cheek pouches. Of 170 juvenile males caught 338 times, only one individual had full cheek pouches.
Males and females also carried different material in their cheek pouches (Pearson's [chi square] = 11.4, p = 0.01, df = 3).
Other genera commonly found in the cheek pouches of males were Luzula, Carex, Ranunculus, Potentilla, Cerastium, Draba, Cardamine, and Eutrema.
Thus, the timing of males carrying material in their cheek pouches in our study is consistent with their results (McLean and Towns, 1981).
Our trapping was not extensive enough to determine whether all males cached, but almost all adult males were seen with full cheek pouches at least once during late summer (E.
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. There was considerable variation among individuals in number of seeds carried per load, number of caches per load, and number of seeds per cache (Table 1).
Foraging kangaroo rats moved forward slowly upon all fours and utilized their forelimbs to place food in their cheek pouches, instead of immediately consuming the food items.