Meaning of gustation in English:


Pronunciation /ɡʌˈsteɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun formal
  • The action or faculty of tasting.

    ‘Recent findings on the sensitivity of primate olfaction and gustation to ethanol are consistent with this notion.’
    • ‘The receptors involved in gustation are found in specialized ‘end-organs’ called taste buds.’
    • ‘However, gustation refers only to the sensations of sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter, and thus the pleasant ‘taste’ to which we refer is actually a pleasant odor sensed retronasally.’
    • ‘To taste an object it must be dissolved in the process of gustation in order for the taste buds to experience a flavour and for the throat to swallow what was the intact object.’
    • ‘This suggests that the two genes are expressed in cells that are important for gustation.’


Late 16th century from Latin gustatio(n-), from gustare ‘to taste’, from gustus ‘taste’.