Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine

, Volume 122, Issue 6, pp 1232–1235 | Cite as

Development of the chemosensory apparatus of human tongue in postnatal ontogeny

  • Z. V. Lyubimova
  • G. Zh. Sisengalieva
Morphology and Pathomorphology


The development of the chemosensory apparatus of the tongue and taste perception in infants is studied by morphological (scanning electron microscopy) and physiological (vegetative and motor responses) methods. The chemosensory elements on the radix and body of the tongue develop, more rapidly than those on the tip of the tongue. Heterochrony in the development of the sensitivity of the tongue tip to various gustatory stimuli (sweet, bitter, salty, and sour is demonstrated.

Key Words

taste tongue ontogeny scanning microscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. V. Lyubimova
    • 1
  • G. Zh. Sisengalieva
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human and Animal Anatomy and PhysiologyMoscow State Pedagogical UniversityMoscowUSSR

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