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glossal

Line breaks: glos¦sal
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɒs(ə)l
 
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Definition of glossal in English:

adjective

Anatomy , rare
Of the tongue; lingual.
Example sentences
  • In small doses of the drug, the diaphragm is the most resistant muscle of body, while small rapidly moving muscles including ocular muscles, glossal muscles of swallowing, and genohyoid are affected earlier.
  • The present work extends these findings by demonstrating that three-dimensional analyses of diffusion tensor MRI data can be used effectively to map complete glossal myoarchitecture.
  • We will not assay here the glossal or gustatory possibilities.

Origin

early 19th century: from Greek glōssa 'tongue' + -al.

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