False-colour SEM of fungiform papillae on tongue

False-colour SEM of fungiform papillae on tongue

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Credit: PROF. P. MOTTA/DEPT. OF ANATOMY/UNIVERSITY "LA SAPIENZA", ROME/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tongue surface. False-colour scanning electron micrograph of fungiform papillae (round & red) interspersed with a few conical-shaped filiform papillae. Fungiform papillae appear pinker because of the numerous blood vessels in the underlying connective tissue. Fungiform & filiform papillae are covered by layers of stratified squamous epithelium. Dead cells are constantly shed & replaced by cells of the underlying layers. Taste buds (not visible here) are usually found under the surface of fungiform papillae. Filiform papillae have tactile & mechanical functions. Magnification: x95 at 6x7cm size. Magnification: x155 at 4x5 inch size.

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Keywords: anatomy, epithelium, false-coloured, fungiform, fungiform papilla, human body, images, magnified image, microscopic photos, papilla, squamous, squamous epithelium, subjects, taste bud site, tongue

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