circumvallate papilla

noun

Medical Definition of circumvallate papilla

: any of the usually 8 to 12 large papillae near the back of the tongue each of which is surrounded with a marginal sulcus and supplied with taste buds responsive especially to bitter flavors

called also vallate papilla

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“Circumvallate papilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/circumvallate%20papilla. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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