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atrophic glossitis

Complete atrophy of lingual papillae, seen in pernicious or iron-deficiency anaemias, pellagra (bald tongue of Sandwith) and syphilis. The condition is more common in alcoholics and linked to poor nutrition.

Clinical findings
Pain, burning, beefy colour of the tongue.
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smooth tongue

A tongue with atrophic papillae. It is characteristic of many conditions, such as anemia and malnutrition.
See also: tongue
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a·troph·ic glos·si·tis

(ă-trō'fik glos-ītis)
Erythematous, edematous, and painful tongue condition that appears smooth because of loss of the filiform and sometimes the fungiform papillae due to nutritional deficiencies.
Synonym(s): smooth tongue.
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