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Descriptor in English: Tongue
Descriptor in Spanish: Lengua
Descriptor in Portuguese: Língua
Descriptor in French: Langue
Entry term(s): Tongues
Tree number(s): A03.556.500.885
A14.549.885
Scope note: A muscular organ in the mouth that is covered with pink tissue called mucosa, tiny bumps called papillae, and thousands of taste buds. The tongue is anchored to the mouth and is vital for chewing, swallowing, and for speech.
Annotation: / surg: consider GLOSSECTOMY; inflammation = GLOSSITIS; tongue thrust: index TONGUE HABITS; painful or sore tongue = GLOSSALGIA
Allowable Qualifiers: AB abnormalities
AH anatomy & histology
BS blood supply
CH chemistry
CY cytology
DE drug effects
DG diagnostic imaging
EM embryology
EN enzymology
GD growth & development
IM immunology
IN injuries
IR innervation
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
PA pathology
PH physiology
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
SU surgery
TR transplantation
UL ultrastructure
VI virology
History Note: /abnormalities was TONGUE ABNORMALITIES 1965
See also the descriptors: Glossectomy MeSH
DeCS UI: 14449
Descriptor UI: D014059
Date Established: 1960/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2015/06/16
Tongue - Preferred
Concept UI M0021656
Scope note A muscular organ in the mouth that is covered with pink tissue called mucosa, tiny bumps called papillae, and thousands of taste buds. The tongue is anchored to the mouth and is vital for chewing, swallowing, and for speech.
Preferred term Tongue
Entry term(s) Tongues



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