LM of papillae with taste buds on tongue surface

LM of papillae with taste buds on tongue surface

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Credit: ASTRID & HANNS-FRIEDER MICHLER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Taste buds on the tongue. Light micrograph of a section through four papillae on the surface of the tongue, showing taste buds. Each papilla is covered with a squamous epithelium many cell layers thick (purple) and hardened with keratin. In the cleft on the side of each papilla, can be seen taste buds which resemble fans of elongated cells. Each taste bud opens onto the surface through an aperture, the gustatory pore, visible as a dark area (base of each fan of cells). Taste buds contain gustatory sensory cells and serve to detect sweet, salty, sour, or bitter chemicals. Magnification: x50 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, gustatory caliculus, gustatory receptor, human body, images, light micrograph, magnified image, microscopic photos, papillae, subjects, taste bud, tongue

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