NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,863 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

salivary gland
(SA-lih-VAYR-ee gland)
A gland in the mouth that produces saliva.

EnlargeAnatomy 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.

Anatomy of the salivary glands. The three main pairs of salivary glands are the parotid glands, the sublingual glands, and the submandibular glands.