Duct of Rivinus

Dr Dan J Bell and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The duct of Rivinus connects the sublingual gland to the floor of the mouth.

Despite its name, it is not a single duct, but numerous small ducts all of which open into the floor of the mouth and are collectively termed the duct of Rivinus.

The largest of these little ductules is the major duct of the sublingual salivary gland (also called Bartholin duct).

History and etymology

The duct of Rivinus was first described by Augustus Quirinus Rivinus (1652–1723), a German anatomist 2.

Head and neck anatomy
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Article information

rID: 10457
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tags: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ducts of Rivinus
  • Major duct of the sublingual salivary gland
  • Sublingual salivary gland duct
  • Bartholin's duct

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