|dc.description.abstract||Purpose The tongue is a specifc organ for the sense of taste. It consists of the striated muscle and mucous membrane. Furthermore, it helps the functions of speech, chewing, and swallowing. In this study, we aimed to reveal some morphometric
properties of the tongue in fetal cadavers.
Methods The study was conducted on a total of 45 fetal tongues (25 male tongues, 20 female tongues) aged between 17
and 40 weeks. The fetuses were divided into three groups as trimester II, trimester III, and full term. For each tongue, the
length, width, area, free tongue length, and the terminal sulcus angle were measured using Image J program. The free tongue
length/tongue length ratio was examined.
Results The obtained data were compared according to the trimester groups and genders. It was determined that the tongue
length, width, area, and free tongue length increased during the trimesters and that there was no signifcant diference in the
terminal sulcus angle and the free tongue length/tongue length ratio between the trimesters. No signifcant diference was
found in all parameters between the genders.
Conclusions This study presented signifcant data on morphometric development of the tongue. These data are thought to
be useful for determining the anomaly and variations of the tongue.||en_US