Questions

What is the name given to the bumps on the tongue? – Papillae

What are the elements of taste perception? – Salty, Sour, Bitter, Sweet, and Umami (or Savoury)

What is the length of the longest tongue ever recorded? –  10.1 cm (3.97 in) from its tip to the middle of the closed top lip

What is the width of the widest tongue ever recorded? – 8.57 cm (3.37 in) at its widest point

What kind of health indicator is a bright red tongue? – maybe a sign of folic acid or B12 deficiency, scarlet fever, or Kawasaki disease

What health conditions are indicated by white spots or white coating on the tongue? – oral thrush (a type of yeast infection), or leukoplakia (which can be a precursor to cancer)

Facts

The human tongue has on average 3,000 – 10,000 taste buds.

The average length of the human tongue from the back to the tip is 10 cm (4 in).

The tongue is not the only place where taste buds live. Taste buds can also be found on the inside of our cheeks, on lips, on the roof of our mouth and even under the tongue.

The tongue is THE STRONGEST muscle in the entire body. However, it is at the same time, one of THE MOST sensitive muscles as well.

Tongueprints (actually tongue imprints) of humans are unique (very much same as the fingerprints).

The tongue is all muscle, but not just one muscle – it’s made up of 8 different muscles that intertwine with each other creating a flexible matrix, much like an elephant’s trunk. It’s called a muscular hydrostat, and the tongue muscles are the only muscles in the human body that work independently of the skeleton.

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