glosso-, gloss-, -glossa, -glossia

(Greek: tongue; language, speech)

The human tongue is only a few inches from the brain, but they seem to be miles apart when you listen to some people talk.

glossematic (adjective), more glossematic, most glossematic
A reference to glossematics.
glossematics (pl) (noun) (a plural used as a singular)
1. A school of linguistic analysis developed by Louis Hjelmslev (1899–1965) in Copenhagen in the 1930s based on the study of the distribution of glossemes or the smallest meaningful units of a language.
2. A neologism combining glossary with mathematics to indicate a formalized system of study: The system of glossematics apparently strives to establish a universal standard defining the necessary and sufficient conditions of a language.
glosseme (s) (noun), glossemes (pl)
The smallest meaningful unit of a language: A glosseme is an irreducible, invariant form, as a morpheme or tagmeme, that functions as the smallest meaningful unit of linguistic signaling.
glossitis (glah SIGHT is) (s) (noun), glossites (pl)
An inflammation or or burning of the tongue.
glossocele (s) (noun), glossoceles (pl)
A swelling and protrusion of the tongue resulting from a disease or a malformation.
glossocinesthetic, glossokinesthetic (adjective), more glossocinesthetic, most glossocinesthetic; more glossokinesthetic, most glossokinesthetic
Denoting, or referring to, the subjective sensation of the movements of the tongue: Dr. Smith, the dental hygienist, watched the glossocinesthetic movements of Alisa's tongue to check for any early signs of oral cancer.
glossocoma (s) (noun), glossocomas (pl)
Retraction of the tongue.
glossodynamometer (s) (noun), glossodynamometers (pl)
1. A device or apparatus for measuring and estimating the strength of the tongue muscles.
2. An instrument for measuring the capacity of the tongue to resist pressure.
glossodynia (s) (noun) (no pl)
A pain in the tongue or a painful tongue; burning mouth syndrom: Glossodynia can be described as a paresthesia (numbness, tingling, stinging, burning) marked by a burning sensation of the tongue.
glossoepiglottic (adjective) (not comparable)
Referring to the ligament between the base of the tongue (usually the posterior portion) and the epiglottis (the flap that covers the wind pipe during swallowing, so that food does not enter the lungs): As part of her speech therapy, Susan was doing some special exercises to lengthen the glossoepiglottic area of her throat.
glossoepiglottidean (adjective), more glossoepiglottidean, most glossoepiglottidean
Relating to the tongue and the epiglottis.
glossograph (s) (noun), glossographs )pl)
An instrument or device for recording the tongue's movements during speech.
glossographer (s) (noun), glossographers (pl)
1. Someone who compiles glosses or glossaries.
2. A writer of a glossary; a commentator.
glossography (s) (noun), glossographies (pl)
1. The writing of glosses or commentaries; the compiling of glossaries.
2. A written description of the tongue. A description or grouping of languages.
3. An instrument for recording the movements of the tongue when speaking.
glossograpical (adjective), more glossograpical, most glossograpical
1. A reference to the writing of glossaries, glosses, or comments for illustrating an author.
2. Descriptive of the compilation of glosses or glossaries.
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-.