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Cheek
Chica cachetona.jpg
Girl with prominent (puffy) cheeks.
Latin buccae
Artery buccal artery
Nerve buccal nerve, buccal branch of the facial nerve
MeSH Cheek

Cheeks (Latin: buccae) constitute the area of the face below the eyes and between the nose and the left or right ear.

It is fleshy in humans[1] and other mammals, the skin being suspended by the chin and the jaws, and forming the lateral wall of the human mouth, visibly touching the cheekbone below the eye.

In vertebrates, markings on the cheek area (malar stripes/spots/...), particularly immediately beneath the eye, often serve as important distinguishing features between species or individuals.

"Buccal" means relating to the cheek. In humans, the region is innervated by the buccal nerve.

The inside of the cheek (forming part of the mouth cavity) is lined with a mucous membrane. It is the most common location from which a DNA sample can be taken (during a cheek swab).

The cheeks are covered externally by hairy skin, and internally by stratified squamous epithelium. This is mostly smooth, but may have aborally directed papillae (e.g: ruminants). The mucosa is supplied with secretions from the Buccal glands, which are arranged in superior and inferior groups. In carnivores, the superior buccal gland is large and discrete: the Zygomatic gland. During mastication (chewing), the cheeks and tongue between them serve to keep the food between the teeth.

See also

In popular culture, people pinch others' cheeks as a sign of affection (usually with small children or babies).

References


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also cheek

English

Proper noun

Singular
Cheek

Plural
-

Cheek

  1. The word Cheek is also an old family surname from Anglo-Saxon England that predates the Norman invasion. The Cheek family was among the first to immigrate to the US colonies in the early 17th century. The family crest is a white shield with three red crescents.

References


Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010
(Redirected to Martin Roy Cheek article)

From Wikispecies

(born 1960)


Bible wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From BibleWiki


Smiting on the cheek was accounted a grievous injury and insult (Job 16:10; Lam. 3:30; Micah 5:1). The admonition (Luke 6:29), "Unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other," means simply, "Resist not evil" (Matt. 5:39; 1 Pet. 2:19-23). Ps. 3:7 = that God had deprived his enemies of the power of doing him injury.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Simple English

File:Chica
A woman's cheek

Cheeks are the area of the face under the eyes and between the nose and the ears.

It is fleshy in humans and mammals, the skin being held up by the chin and the jaws, and making the wall of the human mouth, touching the cheekbone below the eye.

In animals, markings on the cheek area (i.e. stripes/spots), often are features between species or individuals.








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