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Taste bud

taste bud

One of a number of flask-shaped cell nests located in the epithelium of vallate, fungiform, and foliate papillae of the tongue and also in the soft palate, epiglottis, and posterior wall of the pharynx; it consists of sustentacular, gustatory, and basal cells between which the intragemmal sensory nerve fibres terminate.

Synonym: caliculus gustatorius, gustatory bud, schwalbe's corpuscle, taste bulb, taste corpuscle. An oval sensory end organ on the surface of the tongue.A type of receptor in animals that is commonly found in the mouth, though can occupy in areas all over the body in specific organisms. Taste buds can differ between bitter, salty, sweet and sour tastes, which are detected by the taste buds and forwarded t.


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