gustatory modality

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Noun1.gustatory modality - the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth; "his cold deprived him of his sense of taste"
sense modality, sensory system, modality - a particular sense
exteroception - sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
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In the case of insect chemosensilla, the diversity is immense: gustatory sensilla and olfactory sensilla differ in sore fundamental features, but much of the diversity is within either the olfactory or gustatory modality (Dethier, 1976; Altner et al., 1981; Shanbhag et al., 1999).