Tongue Functions and Terminology

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Which of the following conditions is characterized by a white coating on the tongue caused by an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast?


What is the main function of the tongue?

Taste and manipulate food for chewing and swallowing

What is the term for the involuntary thrusting movements of the tongue during rest or when trying to stick out the tongue?

Tongue thrust

What is the term for the small bumps on the tongue that contain taste buds?


Test your knowledge about the function of the tongue and related terminology. Discover the main functions of the tongue, the term for taste bud-containing bumps, conditions associated with tongue coating, and the involuntary thrusting movements of the tongue.

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