Lingual papillae (singular papilla) are the small, nipple-like structures on the upper surface of the tongue that give it its characteristic rough texture. The four types of papillae on the human tongue have different structures and are accordingly classfied as circumvallate (or vallate), fungiform, filiform, and foliate.
Read those words aloud, slowly, letting each one run sensuously over the papillae of your tongue. — john brownlee, WIRED, "John Edwards Meets Second Life 'Feces Spewing Obscenity'," 2 Mar. 2007 These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'papilla.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors.
The fungiform papillae are involved in the sensations of taste and have taste buds embedded in their surfaces. They respond to both sweet and sour tastes. There are rather more of the mushroom-shaped fungiform papillae, which are scattered over the surface of the tongue with particular concentration at the tip and along the sides.
Differential diagnosis papillitis Papillita Symptoms can occur in other diseases of the rectum, and the hypertrophied papillae themselves to be, above all, be distinguished from polyps of the colon. In some cases, doctors can take a normal anal papillae during their hypertrophy of polyp of the rectum or anal canal polyp.