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lingual

[ling-gwuh l] /ˈlɪŋ gwəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the tongue or some tonguelike part.
2.
pertaining to languages.
3.
Phonetics. articulated with the aid of the tongue, especially the tip of the tongue, as d, n, s, or r.
noun
4.
Phonetics. a lingual sound.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: tongue-shaped surgical instrument < Medieval Latin linguālis. See lingua, -al1
Related forms
lingually, adverb
prelingual, adjective
prelingually, adverb
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Examples from the web for lingual
  • The plica serves also to indicate the line of the submaxillary duct and of the lingual nerve.
  • The business has a multi-lingual staff to cater to and effectively communicate with foreign customers.
  • Services include laundry and dry cleaning, concierge service and multi-lingual staff.
  • Amenities include a library, multi-lingual staff and on-site restaurant, bar and lounge.
  • Transportation and the services of a bi-lingual guide included, but not meals or admission fees.
  • The tour includes all food and accommodation as well as a multi-lingual guide.
  • These are dispensed by multi-lingual machines at every train and metro station in the city.
British Dictionary definitions for lingual

lingual

/ˈlɪŋɡwəl/
adjective
1.
(anatomy) of or relating to the tongue or a part or structure resembling a tongue
2.
  1. (rare) of or relating to language or languages
  2. (in combination): polylingual
3.
articulated with the tongue
noun
4.
a lingual consonant, such as Scots (r)
Derived Forms
lingually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lingual
adj.

1640s, from Medieval Latin lingualis "of the tongue," from Latin lingua "tongue," also "speech, language," from Old Latin dingua, from PIE *dnghu- "tongue" (cf. Old English tunge, Gothic tuggo "tongue;" see tongue). Altered in Latin probably in part by association with lingere "to lick."

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lingual in Medicine

lingual lin·gual (lĭng'gwəl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the tongue or any tonguelike part; glossal.

  2. Next to or toward the tongue.

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