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Cheeks (Latin: maxilla, also malā: "jaw") constitute the area of the face below the eyes and between the nose and the left or right ear.
It is fleshy in humans 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.
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