More on the tongue………


The tongue is a muscular structure which is attached to the floor of the mouth.The tongue belongs to sensory organ which function is to taste sense ..Following are information about tongue

  • On average, women have shorter tongues than men.
  • The bumps we can see on the tongue are called papillae. Taste buds sit on top of these papillae but are not visible to the human eye.
  • Taste receptors cannot actually taste food until saliva has moistened it, for example we usually taste salty things first as salt dissolves quickly in moisture.
  • There are four extrinsic muscles which are attached to bone, they allow the tongue to change position, such as poke out, retract, side-to-side movement
  • The human tongue has on average 3,000 – 10,000 taste buds.
  • The upper surface of a tongue is covered with taste buds which contain taste receptors.
  • The tongue also works as a natural way of cleaning teeth after eating.
  • The average length of the human tongue from the back to the tip is 10 cm (4 in).
  • The blue whale has the largest tongue of all animals. Its tongue weigh’s around 2.7 metric tons (425 stone).
  • There are eight muscles in the human tongue. They can be classified as intrinsic or extrinsic
  • There are four intrinsic muscles which are boneless, they are the muscles that allow the tongue to change shape, such as point, roll, tuck etc.
  • Traditional human food dishes sometimes include tongue of various animals. Mexicans have a taco filled beef tongue dish, pig and cow tongue is popular in Chinese cuisine. Lamb, cod, and duck tongue are also popular in some countries.
  • It is a myth that different tastes come from different areas of the tongue, these tastes can all be detected anywhere on the tongue.
  • Humans use the tongue for speech where it helps with changes in sound.
  • There are five elements of taste perception: salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami
  • The human tongue is consist of two parts ,the anterior and the posterior
  • The anterior part of the tongue is the visible part at the front and is about two-thirds of the tongue’s length
  • The posterior tongue area is closest to the throat, and roughly one-third of length.
  • Sticking your tongue out at people is seen as childish or rude in many countries, however, in Tibet it is considered a greeting.
  • Dogs and cats often use their tongues to clean their fur and body. The very rough texture of their tongue allows them to remove oils and parasites.
  • Some animal tongues are specially designed to catch prey. Chameleons, frogs, and anteaters have tongues that can extend out of their mouth and grab insects


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