Definition of Fungiform papilla
Fungiform papilla: The fungiform papillae are broad flat structures that house taste buds in the central portion of the dorsum (back) of the tongue.
These papillae were thought to resemble a fungus: a little mushroom. Fungiform means mushroom-shaped. From fungi-, fungus + forma, shape.
Last Editorial Review: 6/9/2016
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