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tongue

Pronunciation: tung

Definition:

  1. A mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane, occupying the cavity of the mouth and forming part of its floor, constituting also by its posterior portion the anterior wall of the pharynx. It bears taste buds and assists in mastication, deglutition, and articulation of speech.
  2. A tonguelike structure.

Synonym(s): glossa, lingua1

[A.S. tunge]

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