Serous gland

Serous gland

Serous gland
Vertical section of papilla foliata of the rabbit, passing across the folia. (Serous gland labeled at bottom right.)
Human submaxillary gland. At the right is a group of mucous alveoli, at the left a group of serous alveoli.
Latin glandula serosa
Anatomical terminology

Serous glands contain serous acini, a grouping of serous cells that secrete a fluid, isotonic with blood plasma, that contains enzymes such as alpha amylase.

Serous glands are most common in the parotid gland and lacrimal gland but are also present in the submandibular gland and, to a far lesser extent, the sublingual gland.

External links

  • - "Tongue: Mucous and Serous Glands"
  • Anatomy Atlases - Microscopic Anatomy, plate 10.182 - "Lingual Glands"
  • Histology image: 10101loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University - "Epithelial Tissue, Surface Specializations, and Glands multicellular; pure serous gland"
  • Overview at