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Tongue surface, SEM

Tongue surface, SEM

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SUSUMU NISHINAGA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY 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 (centre) is a fungiform papilla, which contains taste buds.

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