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Medical Term:

taste cells


darkly staining cells in a taste bud with long, hairlike microvilli that contain closely packed microtubules and extend into the gustatory pore; the taste cells stand in synaptic contact with sensory nerve fibers of the facial, glossopharyngeal, or vagus nerves.

Synonym(s): gustatory cells

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