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Tongue, surface with papillae

Notes

The upper surface of the tongue is covered with filiform papillae, which appear whitish in these images.  

Each whitish tip is a bit of keratinized epithelium.  In between, the epithelium is non-keratinized.

Occasional small pink projections are fungiform papillae, which are the sites where taste buds occur.

Taste buds occur ONLY on the sides of fungiform papillae, and on a few large circumvallate papillae located at the back of the tongue (not visible on this view).


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SIUC / School of Medicine / Anatomy / David King

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Last updated:  14 January 2002 / dgk