Sublingual gland

Last revised by Dr Bahman Rasuli on 08 Aug 2020

The sublingual glands are salivary glands that lie on the floor of the mouth anterior to the submandibular glands. They secrete predominantly mucous saliva that is drained by a collection of 8-20 excretory ducts collectively termed the duct of Rivinus. The largest of these ducts, the major sublingual duct is Bartholin duct. Autonomic innervation is from the lingual nerve via the submandibular ganglion with parasympathetic fibers arising from the chorda tympani and sympathetic fibers from the facial artery.

History and etymology 

Bartholin duct is named after its discoverer, the Danish anatomist Caspar Bartholin the Younger (1655-1738) 3.

Related pathology

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: salivary glands
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  • Figure 2: salivary glands
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