AskDefine | Define jowl

Dictionary Definition



1 the lower jawbone in vertebrates; it is hinged to open the mouth [syn: lower jaw, mandible, mandibula, mandibular bone, submaxilla, lower jawbone, jawbone]
2 a fullness and looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw (characteristic of aging)

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the cheek; the jaw.
  2. a fold of fatty flesh under the chin


fold of flesh

Extensive Definition

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 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.
jowl in Arabic: وجنة
jowl in German: Wange
jowl in Dhivehi: ކޯ
jowl in Spanish: Mejilla
jowl in Esperanto: Vango
jowl in French: Joue
jowl in Indonesian: Pipi
jowl in Italian: Guancia
jowl in Hebrew: לחי (איבר)
jowl in Pampanga: Pisngi
jowl in Latin: Mala
jowl in Dutch: Wang (anatomie)
jowl in Japanese: 頬
jowl in Pangasinan: Aping
jowl in Polish: Policzek
jowl in Portuguese: Bochecha
jowl in Sicilian: Mascidda (guancia)
jowl in Simple English: Cheek
jowl in Finnish: Poski
jowl in Swedish: Kind
jowl in Tagalog: Pisngi
jowl in Thai: แก้ม
jowl in Turkish: Yanak
jowl in Yiddish: באק

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