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Wharton's duct

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The duct of the submandibular salivary gland opening into the mouth at side of the frenum linguae. It had been previously described by Alessandro Achillini (1463-1512) in 1500, but was rediscovered by Wharton in 1656. The duct is about 5 cm.


  • A. Achillini:
    Anatomica anotationes.
    Bologna, Impressae per Hieronymum de Benedictis, 1520.
    The reference is not quite certain, but this is Achillini’s most important work.
  • T. Wharton:
    Adenographia: sive glandularum totius corporis descriptio.
    London, 1656, pp. 128-137.

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