of or relating to the tongue or some tonguelike part.
pertaining to languages.
Phonetics. articulated with the aid of the tongue, especially the tip of the tongue, as d, n, s, or r.
Phonetics. a lingual sound.
(anatomy) of or relating to the tongue or a part or structure resembling a tongue
articulated with the tongue
a lingual consonant, such as Scots (r)
1640s, from Medieval Latin lingualis “of the tongue,” from Latin lingua “tongue,” also “speech, language,” from Old Latin dingua, from PIE *dnghu- “tongue” (cf. Old English tunge, Gothic tuggo “tongue;” see tongue). Altered in Latin probably in part by association with lingere “to lick.”
lingual lin·gual (lĭng’gwəl)
- Lingual artery
lingual artery n. An artery with origin in the carotid artery, with distribution to the undersurface of the tongue, terminating as the deep artery of the tongue, and with branches to the suprahyoid and dorsal lingual branches and the sublingual artery.
noun, Orthodontics. 1. a specialized dental brace that fits behind the teeth so that it is not visible when the wearer speaks or smiles.
- Lingual follicle
lingual follicle n. Any of the collections of lymphoid tissue in the mucosa of the pharyngeal part of the tongue that form the lingual tonsil.
- Lingual goiter
lingual goiter n. A tumor of thyroid tissue involving the embryonic rudiment at the base of the tongue.