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Taste: Cellular Basis

  1. Stephen D Roper

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000216



How to Cite

Roper, S. D. 2001. Taste: Cellular Basis. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Taste is the sense that detects the chemical composition of foodstuffs. Taste is initiated in peripheral sensory organs termed taste buds. Chemical stimuli in the oral cavity are sensed by receptor cells in taste buds, which transit information to primary sensory afferents and on to higher centres in the brain.


  • gustation;
  • chemosensory transduction;
  • taste bud;
  • receptors;
  • orbitofrontal cortex