Tongue surface, SEM

Tongue surface, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tongue surface, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Covering the majority of the tongue's surface are backward facing scale-like projections called filiform papillae, which sense pressure. The round area at centre is a vallate papilla. These are the largest of the papillae and contain taste buds.

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Keywords: biological, biology, coloured, false-colour, false-coloured, filiform papillae, mammal, mechanical, mouth, orange, papilla, papillas, pressure, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, sense, sensory, tactile, taste, taste bud, taste buds, tongue, touch, vallate

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