Tongue blood vessels, SEM

Tongue blood vessels, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tongue blood vessels. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a resin cast of the surface of the tongue, showing its filiform papillae. They project from the tongue's upper surface, giving it its rough texture. Taste buds are located between the papillae at the sides and base of the tongue. Underneath this surface layer, the tongue is composed of muscle fibres that attach it to the mouth and enable it to move. The cast was made by injecting resin into the blood vessels of the tongue, followed by the chemical digestion of the surrounding tissues. Magnification: x117 at 6x7cm size.

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