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.

genioglossal (adjective), more genioglossal, most genioglossal
Referring to, or relating to, the chin and tongue.
genioglossus (s), genioglassi (pl)
A genioglossus muscle, or an extrinsic muscle of the tongue, arising from the superior mental spine (slight projection) of the mandible (jaw bone) and which depresses and protrudes the tongue.
gingivoglossitis (s) (noun), gingivoglossites (pl)
Inflammation of both the tongue and gingival (gum) tissues.
gloss (s) (noun), glosses (pl)
1. A short definition, explanation, or translation of a word or phrase that may be unfamiliar to the reader, often located in a margin or collected in an appendix or glossary of a book.
2. A brief explanatory note or translation of a difficult or technical expression which is usually inserted in the margin or between lines of a text or manuscript or a collection of such notes.
3. An extensive commentary, often accompanying a text or publication.
4. A purposefully misleading interpretation or explanation; to give a false interpretation to something.
glossa (s) (noun), glossae (pl)
1. The tongue or a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity.
2. A structure in the mouth of an insect that resembles a tongue.
glossaesthesia, glossesthesia (s) (noun); glossaesthesias; glossesthesias (pl)
Sensations, or feelings, of the tongue: "WOW!!" was Dina's response to the glossaesthesia that was caused by the hot spices in the food that she was eating because it was like having fire in her mouth!
glossagra, glossalgia (s) (noun), glossalgias (pl)
Painful sensations in the tongue: Dr. Green explained that glossagra was a neuralgic pain and was a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder.
glossal (adjective), more glossal, most glossal
Referring to, relating to, or pertaining to, the tongue.
glossalgia (s) (noun), glossalgias (pl)
Pain in the tongue.
glossanthrax (s) (noun), glossanthraxes (pl)
Anthrax or a cluster of boils of the tongue: Glossanthrax is a disease of horses and cattle accompanied by carbuncles in the mouth and on the tongue that are large infections that discharge pus.
glossarist (s) (noun), glossarists (pl)
A compiler or writer of alphabetical lists of often difficult or specialized words with their definitions, often placed at the back of a book.
glossary (GLAHS uh ree) (s) (noun), glossaries (pl)
An alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually, published as an appendix to a text about the contents of the book.
glossator (s) (noun), glossators (pl)
1. Someone who writes lists of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually, published as an appendix to a text about the contents of the book.
2. One of the medieval interpreters of the Roman and cannon laws.
glossatorial (adjective), more glossatorial, most glossatorial
A descriptive term for presenting the meanings of lists of applicable words that are in a book
glossectomy (glahs SEK to mee) (s) (noun), glossectomies (pl)
The surgical removal of the tongue or some part of it.
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-.