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Definition of Papilla, fungiform

Papilla, fungiform: Broad, flat structures that house taste buds in the central portion of the dorsum (back) of the tongue. Fungiform papillae were once thought to resemble little mushrooms.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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