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SMELL AND TASTE
DORSUM OF TONGUE
dorsum of tongue
Free mobile portion of the tongue composed mostly of mucous-covered muscles and bearing the taste buds.
median lingual sulcus
Depression extending over the entire length of the body of the tongue and separating it into two symmetrical halves.
Inverted V-shaped depression separating the base of the body of the tongue, topped by the foramen cecum.
Part that fixes the tongue to the mandible and the hyoid bone of the skull; it is also joined on each side to the walls of the pharynx.
Movable cartilaginous plate ensuring that the larynx closes during ingestion of food so that food cannot enter the respiratory tract.
Mobile terminal end of the tongue; it mostly perceives sweet flavors.
Each of the large taste buds (about 10) forming a lingual V at the back of the body of the tongue ensuring the taste function; they mostly perceive bitter flavors.
Small depression located at the base of the tongue, at the top of the sulcus terminalis.
Lymphoid structure (rich in white blood cells) located on each side of the base of the tongue; it protects the respiratory tract by fighting bacteria.
Lymphoid structure (rich in white blood cells) located at the base of the tongue; it assists in immune defense.
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