salivary gland

salivary gland
noun
any of three pairs of glands in the mouth and digestive system that secrete saliva for digestion
Hypernyms: ↑exocrine gland, ↑exocrine, ↑duct gland
Hyponyms:
Part Holonyms:
Part Meronyms: ↑saliva, ↑spit, ↑spittle

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noun
: any of various glands discharging a fluid secretion into the mouth cavity that in man comprise the large compound racemose parotid, sublingual, and submaxillary glands and in snakes include the venom glands; specifically : a gland that secretes saliva

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Anat.
any of several glands, as the submaxillary glands, that secrete saliva.
[1700-10]

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salivary gland noun
A saliva-secreting gland
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Main Entry:saliva

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salivary gland UK [səˈlaɪvəri ˌɡlænd] US [ˈsælɪˌveri ˌɡlænd] noun [countable] [singular salivary gland plural salivary glands] medical
any of the organs that produce the saliva in your mouth
Thesaurus: glandshyponym mouth and throathyponym

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salivary gland,
any one of various glands that empty their secretions into the mouth. The salivary glands of human beings and certain other vertebrates are digestive glands that secrete saliva containing the digestive enzyme ptyalin, salts, albumin, and mucus.

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noun, pl ⋯ glands [count]
medical : a small organ that produces saliva in your mouth

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