Where are extralingual taste buds located?

Updated: Jan 08, 2021
  • Author: Eric H Holbrook, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Other locations of taste buds include the following:

  • Soft palate - Innervated by CN VII via the greater superficial petrosal nerve

  • Epiglottis and larynx - Supplied by the superior laryngeal branch of CN X

  • Pharynx - Supplied by branches from CN IX and CN X

Free trigeminal nerve endings exist on the tongue; these detect strong, often displeasing or irritating sensations in the oral cavity.

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