one of numerous small, flask-shaped bodies, chiefly in the epithelium of the tongue, which are the end organs for the sense of taste.
any of the elevated oval-shaped sensory end organs on the surface of the tongue, by means of which the sensation of taste is experienced
taste bud n.
One of a number of flask-shaped receptor cell nests located in the epithelium of the papillae of the tongue and in the soft palate, epiglottis, and pharynx that mediate the sense of taste.
Any of numerous sense organs in most vertebrate animals that are specialized to detect taste. Taste buds are sensitive to four types of taste: sweet, sour, salty, or bitter. In land vertebrates, the taste buds are found on the surface of the tongue. Fish have taste buds all over their bodies.
- Taste cell
taste cell n. A darkly staining neuroepithelial cell in a taste bud that makes synaptic contact with sensory nerve fibers thus serving as receptors for taste. Also called gustatory cell.
verb (used with object), tasted, tasting. 1. to try or test the flavor or quality of (something) by taking some into the mouth: to taste food. 2. to eat or drink a little of: She barely tasted her dinner. 3. to eat or drink (often used in negative constructions): He hadn’t tasted food for three […]
adjective 1. having, displaying, or in accordance with good taste: tasteful clothing; a tasteful room. adjective 1. indicating good taste: a tasteful design 2. a rare word for tasty
- Taste hair
taste hair n. Any of the hairlike projections of the gustatory cells of taste buds.