taste


taste

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A. Taste centres on the tongue's surface. Taste buds on the tip of the tongue are most sensitive to …—© Merriam-Webster Inc.

Special sense for perceiving and distinguishing the sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance, mediated by taste buds on the tongue. More than 9,000 taste buds on the tongue are responsible for the chemoreception of taste. Some taste buds are also found on the roof of the mouth and throat.

Variants of TASTE

taste or taste perception

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