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Stensen's duct

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The excretory duct of the parotid gland (parotis). It had been noted by Giulio Casserio (1561-1616) in 1627 and by Walter Needham (c. 1631-1691) in 1655, but was first fully described by Stensen.


  • G. Casseri:
    Tabulae anatomicae lxxiix. Venetis, apud E. Deuchinum, 1627.
  • N. Stensen:
    Observationes anatomicae, quibus varia oris, oculorum & narium vas describuntur novique salivae, lacrymarum & muci fontes deteguntur.
    Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden), J. Chou√ęt, 1662.
    Stensen first reported his discovery in a letter to his teacher, Thomas Bartholin, dated April 22, 1661.

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