Zygomatic Gland - Anatomy & Physiology

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The zygomatic gland is found only in carnivores. The duct opens in a vestibule on the mucosal ridge by four or five orifices. It is innervated by the glossopharyngeal nerve (CN IX) via the trigeminal branch.


The zygomatic gland is a tubulo-acinar gland, made up of mainly mucosal cells (lighter stain). There are a few serous demilunes but they form only a minor contribution (darker stain).

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