glosso-, gloss-, -glossa, -glossia

(Greek: tongue; language, speech)

aglossal
Without a tongue; tongueless.
aglossia (s) (noun), aglossias (pl)
1. Without a tongue; no tongue: The latest style of shoe has been the aglossia.
2. The absence of the tongue that exists before or at birth: It was difficult for the calf to feed because of its congenital condition of aglossia.
3. The loss of the ability to speak; mutism: The medieval court jester was unable to talk because he suffered from aglossia.
aglosstomia
The congenital (at birth) absence of the tongue and mouth opening of a child.
ankyloglossia
A minor congenital anomaly (birth defect) in which the flap of mucous membrane under the tongue (known as the frenum) is too short and limits the normal mobility of the tongue.
ateloglossia
A congenitally incomplete development of the tongue.
baryglossia
Indistinct speech due to a disorder of the tongue itself or of the nerves supplying it.
brachyglossal
Referring to an abnormally short tongue.
brachyglossia
Having an unusually short tongue.
bradyglossia
Slowness of speech due to the impaired mobility of the tongue, which may be due to local tongue or mouth pathology (disease) or to more distant neural lesions.
buccoglossopharyngitis
Inflammation involving the cheek, tongue, and pharynx.
cacoglossia
A bad taste on the tongue or having a bad taste.
Cynoglossum
A reference to a plant meaning "hound's tongue".
diglossia
1. A situation in which a language exists in two forms, one formal or literary and the other informal, and a person uses the form which is appropriate for a particular situation.
2. The existence of a formal literary form of a language, considered more prestigious, along with a colloquial form used by most speakers and considered to be a lower status.
3. A sociolinguistic phenomenon in which complementary social functions are distributed between a prestigious or formal variety and a common or colloquial variety of a language; such as, in Greek, Tamil, or Scottish English.
4. In medicine, a form of schistoglossia in which the lateral lingual swellings fail to fuse, producing a bifid tongue (tongue with a lengthwise cleft).
diglossus
An individual showing diglossia or bifid tongue (divided longitudinally).
entoglossal
Within the tongue; applied to the glossohyal bone (both the hyoidean arch and the tongue).

The hyoid bone is a U-shaped bone at the base of the tongue that supports the tongue muscles.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "talk, speak, speech; words, language; tongue, etc.": cit-; clam-; dic-; fa-; -farious; glotto-; lalo-; linguo-; locu-; logo-; loqu-; mythico-; -ology; ora-; -phasia; -phemia; phon-; phras-; Quotes: Language,Part 1; Quotes: Language, Part 2; Quotes: Language, Part 3; serm-; tongue; voc-.