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gustatory stimulus

a chemical capable of activating taste cells. Gustatory stimuli include sugars (sweet), salts of sodium (salty) and heavier elements (bitter or rarely sweet), acids (sour), alkaloids (bitter), and monosodium glutamate (umami), among others. Also called sapid stimulus; taste stimulus.

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Psychology term of the day

May 26th 2024



1. adj. having the quality of diminishing or retarding a function or activity of a body system or organ.

2. n. any agent that has this quality, especially a CNS depressant.