submandibular duct

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submandibular duct

[¦səb·man′dib·yə·lər ′dəkt]
(anatomy)
The duct of the submandibular gland which empties into the mouth on the side of the frenulum of the tongue.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(1) Submandibular calculi located close to the orifice of the Wharton duct can be removed by marsupialization.
Avoiding a direct midline approach prevents trauma to Wharton duct (figure 1).
(1,2) The higher rates in the submandibular gland can be attributed to the length and angulation of the Wharton duct, the flow of saliva against gravity, and the viscous and alkaline composition of submandibular gland saliva, which contains high concentrations of calcium, phosphate, and mucin.

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