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beet-tongue

 

Definition: appearance of the tongue in pellagra, in which intense erythema appears, first at the tip, then along the edges, and finally over the dorsum; there may be pain and increased elevation; the shiny appearance results from edema, not atrophy, except in chronic pellagra.

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