pityriasis linguae


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ge·o·graph·ic tongue

idiopathic, asymptomatic erythematous circinate macules, often bounded peripherally by a white band, as a result of atrophy of the filiform papillae; with time the lesions resolve, coalesce, and change in distribution; frequently associated with fissured tongues.

ge·o·graph·ic tongue

(jē'ŏ-graf'ik tŭng)
Idiopathic, asymptomatic erythematous circinate macules, often bounded peripherally by a white band, as a result of atrophy of the filiform papillae; with time the lesions resolve, coalesce, and change in distribution; frequently associated with fissured tongues.
Synonym(s): glossitis areata exfoliativa, lingua geographica, pityriasis linguae.

pityriasis linguae

Transitory benign plaques of the tongue. Synonym: geographic tongue
See also: pityriasis