Definition of lingual in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪŋɡw(ə)l/


1chiefly Anatomy Relating to, near, or on the side towards the tongue.
Example sentences
  • The later dinocephalians improved on this system by developing heels on the lingual sides of the incisor teeth which met against one another to form a crushing surface when the jaws were shut.
  • The posterior lingual crista runs off the lingual side of the fifth cuspule, following the ridge of a posterolingual bulge.
  • The cingulum, which is strong at the posterior border, thins out in anterior direction along the lingual and buccal sides.
1.1(Of a sound) formed by the tongue.
2Relating to speech or language: his demonstrations of lingual dexterity
More example sentences
  • If there are so many worlds, each rearing their own children, each would be sent into lingual isolation and be able to develop their own languages.
  • Similarities in language that can be traced to an Atlantean lingual root are across the world, not limited to a single continent.
  • This may be due to lingual complexities created by terms absorbed from other languages, says Jordan.



Example sentences
  • Some teeth are slightly recurved lingually when seen in anterior view, with the labial surface of the tooth slightly convex and the lingual surface slightly concave.
  • Lingually, this ridge crosses the paracone near its base and joins with the anterior cingulum.
  • The crown is exodaenodont, forming two ventral lobes, the posterior the stronger; lingually, the crown is more deeply bilobed than labially, but the lobes do not extend as far ventrally.


Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin lingualis, from Latin lingua 'tongue, language'.

Words that rhyme with lingual

bilingual, monolingual, multilingual

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