Sublingual gland

The sublingual glands are salivary glands that lie in the floor of the mouth anterior to the submandibular glands. They secrete predominantly mucous saliva that is drained by a collection of 8-20 excretory ducts collectively termed the duct of Rivinus. The largest of these ducts, the major sublingual duct is Bartholin's duct. Autonomic innervation is from the lingual nerve via the submandibular ganglion with parasympathetic fibers arising from the chorda tympani and sympathetic fibers from the facial artery.

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Anatomy: Head and neck
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rID: 10460
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Sublingual glands
  • Sublingual salivary gland

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  • Salivary glands

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    Figure 1: salivary glands
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    Figure 2: salivary glands
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