salivary gland


: a small organ that produces saliva in the mouth

Examples of salivary gland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are white men on the spreadsheet: Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, whose stage name was MCA, died in 2012 at 47 of salivary gland cancer; and Malcolm McCormick, known as Mac Miller, died in 2018 at 26 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. Danyel Smith, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Recognizing that surgery to remove the substantial mass would be risky, the vet referred the case to Texas A&M's School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where doctors diagnosed the mass as adenocarcinoma, a tumor of the salivary gland. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 9 June 2023 In severe cases, botulinum toxin can be injected into the salivary gland. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 3 Dec. 2021 The patient who has remained cancer-free for 15 months was dealing with terrible salivary gland cancer. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 10 Oct. 2022 The Chicago Democrat has dealt with various health issues over the years, notably a battle with salivary gland cancer in 2008, and last week tested positive for COVID-19. Rick Pearson,, 4 Jan. 2022 He’d been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer 10 years earlier. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2021 Silverman’s tumor is particularly challenging—a rare salivary gland cancer with an even rarer emergence in the jaw—and the effectiveness of any treatment may be limited. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, 26 Feb. 2021

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“Salivary gland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

salivary gland

: any of various glands that secrete saliva into the mouth

Medical Definition

salivary gland

: any of various glands that discharge a fluid secretion and especially saliva into the mouth cavity and that in humans comprise large compound racemose glands including the parotid glands, the sublingual glands, and the submandibular glands
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