salivary gland


noun Anatomy.

any of several glands, as the submaxillary glands, that secrete saliva.

Origin of salivary gland

First recorded in 1700–10
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British Dictionary definitions for salivary glands

salivary gland

noun

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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Medicine definitions for salivary glands

salivary gland

n.

A exocrine gland that secretes saliva, especially any of major salivary glands or minor salivary glands.

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Science definitions for salivary glands

salivary gland

[ sălə-vĕr′ē ]

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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Culture definitions for salivary glands

salivary glands

[ (sal-uh-ver-ee) ]

The glands in the mouth cavity that secrete saliva.


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