Salivary glands

Your salivary glands make saliva - sometimes called spit - and empty it into your mouth through openings called ducts. Saliva makes your food moist, which helps you chew and swallow. It helps you digest your food. It also cleans your mouth and contains antibodies that can kill germs.

Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)1

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Salivary Glands: Glands that secrete Saliva in the Mouth. There are three pairs of salivary glands (Parotid Gland; Sublingual Gland; Submandibular Gland).2


Types may include:3

Types of Salivary Gland:

  • Major Salivary Gland
  • Minor Salivary Gland
  • Mucous Salivary Gland
  • Seromucous Salivary Gland
  • Serous Salivary Gland

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  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): salivaryglanddisorders.html
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  3. Source: NCI Thesaurus

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