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posterior part of tongue


Definition: portion (posterior third) of tongue that lies posterior to the terminal sulcus; it is distinct from the anterior part (anterior two thirds) of tongue in both its embryologic origin and its innervation.

Synonym(s): pars posterior linguaeTA, pars postsulcalis linguae, postsulcal part of tongue

See Also: dorsum of tongue

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