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glossitis glos·si·tis (glô-sī'tĭs)
Inflammation of the tongue.
inflammation of the tongue characterized by loss of the surface papillae, a condition that gives the affected area a smooth, red appearance. Glossitis may be the primary disease, or may be a symptom of one of several hereditary and acquired conditions (such as certain forms of anemia, pellegra, syphilis, or nutritional deficiencies). There may, however, be a mild burning sensation that can be controlled with topical anesthetics.