Gustatory Analysor

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Gustatory Analysor

 

a complex anatomical and physiological system providing fine analysis of the chemical stimuli that act on the taste organs of man and animals. The gustatory analysor consists of three portions—peripheral (chemoreceptors), conductor (nerve fibers), and central (structures of the medulla oblongata, optic thalamus, cerebral cortex). The gustatory analysor rejects injurious compounds and selects food that meets the body’s requirements. Taste signals are initially coded at the level of the chemoreceptors, but the central structures of the gustatory analysor play the major role in the development of taste sensations.

V. G. KASSIL’

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