Submandibular gland

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The submandibular glands are paired salivary glands located below the floor of the mouth. They secrete saliva that is excreted into the oral cavity via the submandibular duct that connects the gland to the floor of the mouth.

It is encapsulated during development and does not normally contain lymph nodes. There is a fibrous capsule surrounding the gland, formed by the split layers of the investing layer of the deep cervical fascia.

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Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 10459
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Submandibular glands
  • Submandibular salivary gland
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    Figure 1: submandibular gland (annotated number 2)
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