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  1. salivary glandnoun

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


  1. salivary glandnoun

    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 that produce saliva through a system of ducts. Humans have three paired major salivary glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublingual), as well as hundreds of minor salivary glands. Salivary glands can be classified as serous, mucous, or seromucous (mixed). In serous secretions, the main type of protein secreted is alpha-amylase, an enzyme that breaks down starch into maltose and glucose, whereas in mucous secretions, the main protein secreted is mucin, which acts as a lubricant.In humans, 1200 to 1500 ml of saliva are produced every day. The secretion of saliva (salivation) is mediated by parasympathetic stimulation; acetylcholine is the active neurotransmitter and binds to muscarinic receptors in the glands, leading to increased salivation.A proposed fourth pair of salivary glands, the tubarial glands, were first identified in 2020. They are named for their location, being positioned in front of and over the torus tubarius. However, this finding from one study is yet to be confirmed.


  1. salivary gland

    A salivary gland is a type of exocrine gland that produces saliva and secretes it into the mouth. They play an important role in digestion and oral health. There are three pairs of major salivary glands: parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands, in addition to numerous smaller ones throughout the mouth and throat.


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of salivary gland in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

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    The numerical value of salivary gland in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    For most patients, it should technically be possible to avoid delivering radiation to this newly discovered location of the salivary gland system in the same way we try to spare known glands, our next step is to find out how we can best spare these new glands and in which patients. If we can do this, patients may experience less side effects which will benefit their overall quality of life after treatment.

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