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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


salivary gland  listen  (SA-lih-VAYR-ee gland)

  A gland in the mouth that produces saliva.

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Anatomy of the salivary glands; drawing shows a cross section of the head  and the three main pairs of  salivary glands. The parotid glands  are in front of and just below each ear; the sublingual glands are under the tongue in the floor of the mouth; the submandibular glands are below each side of the jawbone. The tongue and lymph nodes are also shown.