Joe Muscolino

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The buccinator ("trumpeter") muscle on the right side of the body. The masseter has been ghosted in.

The Buccinator is a muscle of facial expression of the mouth. The muscles of facial expression of the mouth are:





  • Compresses the cheeks against the teeth.



  1. Buccinator is Latin for trumpeter.
  2. Contraction of the buccinator occurs when a brass or woodwind musician plays their instrument.
  3. Blowing up a balloon requires contraction of the buccinator.