Salivatory nuclei

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Salivatory nuclei
Plan of the facial and intermediate nerves and their communication with other nerves. (Nucleus salivatorius visible at upper left.)
Latin nuclei salivatorius
NeuroNames hier-585
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The salivatory nuclei are the nuclei that innervate the salivary glands. They are located in the pontine tegmentum, also called the dorsal pons. The salivatory nuclei consist of two groups, the superior salivatory nucleus and the inferior salivatory nucleus.

The superior salivatory nucleus innervates the submandibular gland and the sublingual gland and is part of the facial nerve

The inferior salivatory nucleus innervates the parotid gland and is one of the components of the glossopharyngeal nerve.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)