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Here is a quick mnemonic “ANATOMY OF TASTE to remember about Taste System

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Taste System : How To Remember Easily ?

  • A – Alimentary and respiratory tracts contain taste-related receptors.
  • N – Nitric oxide (NO) synthase is found in brush cells.
  • A – Acid-induced lesions are defended by nitric oxide (NO).
  • T – T1R family receptors are important for metabolism.
  • O – Other T2R bitter receptors are present in motile cilia.
  • M – Members of the T2R family are found in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Y – T1R3 receptors and gustducin play decisive roles in sensing and transport.
  • O – One specific T2R38 taste receptor is expressed in human upper respiratory epithelia.
  • F – Facial nerve (CN VII) innervates the anterior tongue and soft palate.
  • T – Taste information is sent to the brain via cranial nerves.
  • A – Anterior tongue is innervated by CN VII.
  • S – Soft palate is innervated by CN VII.
  • T – Posterior tongue is innervated by CN IX.
  • E – Epiglottis, larynx, and esophagus are innervated by CN X.


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