Lingual tonsils

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Lingual tonsils
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Latin tonsilla lingualis
Gray's p.1138
Anatomical terminology

The lingual tonsils are rounded masses of lymphatic tissue that cover the posterior region of the tongue.

They are located on the dorsal surface at the base of the tongue. Their lymphatic tissue are dense and nodular, their surface is covered with stratified squamous epithelium which invaginates as a single crypt into each lingual tonsil. They are partially surrounded by connective tissue placing them in the group of Partially Encapsulated Lymphatic Organs, tonsils, the only one of its kind. They have associated mucous glands which are drained by ducts directly into the single tonsillar crypt.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.