Tongue surface, SEM

Tongue surface, SEM

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Caption: Tongue surface, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The tongue is covered in many backward facing projections called filiform papillae, which sense pressure. The papillae have a scaly appearance because they are constantly shedding their top layer of skin.

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