taste bud


Definition of taste bud

: an end organ mediating the sensation of taste and lying chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue

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Recent Examples on the Web Breakfast is filled with a number of restaurants battling for taste bud supremacy, including Panera, Starbucks, Dunkin', Taco Bell and, the behemoth itself, McDonald's. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Wendy's is eating McDonald's breakfast," 8 Aug. 2020 Approximately 25% of people are born with variations in genes like TAS2R38, which build taste bud receptors. Bill Sullivan, The Conversation, "Science of ‘Seinfeld’," 5 June 2020 The reality is that the different tastes are sensed by taste buds all over your tongue. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Deliciously Surprising Science of Taste," 6 Apr. 2020 There's further evidence that kids’ taste buds are more sensitive to bitter-tasting foods, further pushing them to reach for the sweets. Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt, Scientific American, "Why Does Sugar Taste So Good?," 6 Feb. 2020 As April chases away any remnants of winter’s chill, beer drinkers recalibrate their taste buds for refreshing warm-weather brews. Eric Velasco, al, "Local breweries focus on seasonal brews for spring," 23 Apr. 2020 In the rush to stockpile bags of rice and dried beans, and cans of soups and tuna to wait out time at home during the coronavirus outbreak, your taste bud might have been forgotten. oregonlive, "10 delicious dinner ideas and treats you deserve when you’re cooped up at home," 19 Mar. 2020 That way, the brown sugar, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, and more will have a starring role on your taste buds. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 BBQ Rub Recipes That Add Big Flavor to Any Meat You Cook," 3 Apr. 2020 Most artificial sweeteners on the market range from about 180 times sweeter to as much as 13,000 times sweeter than regular sugar and can severely mess with our taste buds. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Is Coconut Sugar Healthy? Here's Everything You Need to Know, According to Our Nutritionist," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of taste bud

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Taste bud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taste%20bud. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of taste bud

: one of many small spots on your tongue that give you the ability to taste things

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Medical Definition of taste bud

: an end organ that mediates the sensation of taste, lies chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue and especially in the walls of the circumvallate papillae, and consists of a conical or flask-shaped mass made up partly of supporting cells and partly of neuroepithelial sensory cells terminating peripherally in short hairlike processes which project into the pore in the overlying epithelium and by which communication with the mouth cavity is effected

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