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 (glô′sə, glŏs′ə)
n. pl. glos·sae (glô′sē, glŏs′ē) or glos·sas
1. Anatomy The tongue.
2. Zoology A tonguelike structure in the labium of an insect.

[Greek glōssa, tongue.]

glos′sal adj.
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(ˈglɒs əl, ˈglɔ səl)

of or pertaining to the tongue.
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Patients often present with cracked red lips and a strawberry tongue due to sloughing of filiform papillae and denuding of the inflamed glossal tissue15.
(25) A11 of the items in this table, along with their glossal notes, are taken from Schottman (1993: 548f).
Every patient experienced hemiplegia and other initial clinical symptoms of pontine infarction, including central facial and/or glossal palsy ( n = 20 [66.7%]), dizziness ( n = 18 [60.0%]), diplopia ( n = 16 [53.3%]), hemianesthesia ( n = 10 [33.3%]), vertigo ( n = 7 [23.3%]), bulbar paralysis ( n = 5 [16.7%]), and typical Millard-Gubler syndrome ( n = 5 [16.7%]).
Our patient presented with glossal atrophy and a deviation of the tongue secondary to her tumor's involvement of the hypoglossal nerve.
Left para glossal approach for a newborn with midline teratoma Paediatric anaesthesia, 2010: 20.279-293.
(2.) Joseph Komonchak, "Augustine, Aquinas, or the Gospel sine glossal Divisions over Gaudium et spes," in Unfinished Journey: The Church 40 Years after Vatican II; Essays for John Wilkins, ed.