Lateral lingual swelling

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Lateral lingual swelling
Floor of pharynx of human embryo about twenty-six days old.
Floor of pharynx of human embryo of about the end of the fourth week.
Latin tuberculum linguale laterale
Code TE E5.
Anatomical terminology

During the third week of embryogenesis there appears, immediately behind the ventral ends of the two halves of the first pharyngeal arch, a rounded swelling named the tuberculum impar, or which was described by His as undergoing enlargement to form the buccal part of the tongue. More recent researches, however, show that this part of the tongue is mainly, if not entirely, developed from a pair of lateral swellings (or distal tongue buds) which arise from the inner surface of the first pharyngeal arch and meet in the middle line.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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