Sense of taste.—Organ of taste.—Special nerves of the organ.—Flavours. —Taste.

Organ Of Taste

In describing the mouth as a part of the digestive apparatus, the functions of its several parts were explained, as well as of the organs which surround or fill its cavity. It is only requisite here to repeat that the tongue receives three nerves, of which one, the great hypoglossal, gives it motion; and the two others, the lingual and the glossopharyngeal, give it gustatory sensibility. The tongue participates by its movements in the digestive functions, and in the articulation of sounds; but it has besides a special sensibility—it is the principal organ of taste.