superior salivary nucleus


A group of preganglionic parasympathetic motor neurons situated near the inferior salivary nucleus and governing secretion of the lacrimal, sublingual, and submaxillary glands by way of the facial nerve and the sphenopalatine and submandibular ganglia.

Nearby words

  1. superior pulmonary vein,
  2. superior rectal vein,
  3. superior rectus muscle,
  4. superior retinaculum of extensor muscles,
  5. superior sagittal sinus,
  6. superior tarsal muscle,
  7. superior temporal line,
  8. superior temporal sulcus,
  9. superior thalamostriate vein,
  10. superior thyroid vein

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