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Medical Term:

submandibular gland


Definition: one of two salivary glands in the neck, located in the space bounded by the two bellies of the digastric muscle and the angle of the mandible; it discharges through the submandibular duct; the secretory units are predominantly serous, although a few mucous alveoli, some with serous demilunes, occur; although they are smaller than the parotid glands, the submandibular glands produce 65% of saliva.

Synonym(s): glandula submandibularisTA, maxillary gland, submaxillary gland

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