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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sal′ivary gland`(n.)

  1. any of several glands of the mouth and jaw that secrete saliva.

    Category: Anatomy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. salivary gland(noun)

    any of three pairs of glands in the mouth and digestive system that secrete saliva for digestion


  1. salivary gland(Noun)

    Any of several exocrine glands that produce saliva to break down carbohydrates in food enzymatically.


  1. Salivary gland

    The salivary glands in mammals are exocrine glands, glands with ducts, that produce saliva. They also secrete amylase, an enzyme that breaks down starch into maltose. In other organisms such as insects, salivary glands are often used to produce biologically important proteins like silk or glues, and fly salivary glands contain polytene chromosomes that have been useful in genetic research.


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