Wharton's duct

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The duct of the submandibular salivary gland opening into the mouth at side of the frenum linguae.

Description

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.

Bibliography

  • 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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