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noun Anatomy.
any of several glands, as the submaxillary glands, that secrete saliva.
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Origin of salivary gland

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

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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Scientific definitions for salivary gland

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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