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Vox populi In the US and in English speaking countries, sticking out one’s tongue is often interpreted as a sign of derision
tonguelingua Anatomy A complex, highly mobile muscular organ anchored in the floor of the mouth, which is central to speaking, chewing, swallowing, is covered by a mucosae invested with tastebuds, is the main organ of taste, assists in forming speech sounds and, when used indisciminately, a major source of interpersonal problems. See Black hairy tongue, Coated tongue, Flycatcher tongue, Geographic tongue, Golden tongue, Hairy tongue, Liver tongue, Magenta tongue, Raspberry tongue, Scrotal tongue, Smart tongue, Strawberry tongue, White strawberry tongue.
Synonym(s): lingua (1) [TA] , glossa.
Synonym(s): lingua (2) [TA] .
The tongue consists of a body and root and is attached by muscles to the hyoid bone below, the mandible in front, the styloid process behind, and the palate above, and by mucous membrane to the floor of the mouth, the lateral walls of the pharynx, and the epiglottis. A median fold (frenulum linguae) connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The surface of the tongue bears numerous papillae of three types: filiform, fungiform, and circumvallate (or vallate). Taste buds are present on the surfaces of many of the papillae, esp. the vallate papillae. Mucous and serous glands (lingual glands) are present; their ducts open on the surface. The lingual tonsils are lymphatic tissue on the base of the tongue. A median fibrous septum extends the entire length of the tongue.
Arteries: The lingual, exterior maxillary, and ascending pharyngeal arteries supply blood to the tongue. Muscles: Extrinsic muscles include genioglossus, hypoglossus, and styloglossus; intrinsic muscles consist of four groups: superior, inferior, transverse, and vertical lingualis muscles. The hypoglossal nerves are motor to the tongue; the facial and glossopharyngeal nerves are sensory for taste. Nerves: Lingual nerve (containing fibers from trigeminal and facial nerves), glossopharyngeal, vagus, and hypoglossal.
black hairy tongue
burning tongueBurning mouth syndrome.
cleft tongueBifid tongue.
fissured tongueScrotal tongue.
forked tongueBifid tongue.
raspberry tongueStrawberry tongue.
Sandwith bald tongueSee: Sandwith bald tongue
tongueThe muscular, mucous membrane-covered, highly flexible organ that is attached to the lower jaw (mandible) and the HYOID BONE in the neck, and forms part of the floor of the mouth. The mucous membrane contains numerous small projections called papillae. On the edges and base of the tongue are many special nerve endings subserving taste and called taste buds.
tonguea muscular organ on the floor of the mouth in most higher vertebrates that carries taste buds and manipulates food. It may act as a tactile or prehensile organ in some species.
Patient discussion about tongue
Q. What is the treatment for tongue cancer? My Father in Law is 65 and has just been diagnosed with tongue cancer. What treatment will he be undergoing? What are his survival rates?
Q. What is Tongue cancer? I heard that smoking can cause tongue cancer. Is this true and what is tongue cancer?
Hope this help.
Q. What are the symptoms of tongue cancer? I have a white patch on my tongue for quite a while. I tried scratching it off but it starts bleeding. Is it cancer?
A red or white patch on the tongue, that will not go away
A sore throat that does not go away
A sore spot on the tongue that does not go away
Pain when swallowing
Numbness in the mouth that will not go away
Unexplained bleeding from the tongue (that is, not caused by biting your tongue or other injury)
Pain in the ear (rare)
However, don't be alarmed as these symptoms may be due to a less serious medical condition. But it is important to check symptoms with your GP just to make sure.