- any of several glands, as the submaxillary glands, that secrete saliva.
Origin of salivary gland
First recorded in 1700–10
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- any of the glands in mammals that secrete saliva. In man the chief salivary glands are the parotid, sublingual and submaxillary glands
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- A exocrine gland that secretes saliva, especially any of major salivary glands or minor salivary glands.
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- A gland in terrestrial animals that secretes saliva. In humans, three pairs of large glands, which include the parotid glands, secrete saliva into the mouth.
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