Human tongue

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Human tongue. Macroscopic Solutions. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Source: Wellcome Collection.

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Photomacrograph of part of a human tongue. The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth and is essential for chewing, swallowing and speaking. The upper surface of the tongue is covered in bumps (papillae) which give it its rough texture, and these papillae are covered in thousands of taste buds. Width of image is 5 mm.

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