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Von Ebner's glands

Ebner's glands, also Von Ebner's glands are exocrine glands found in the mouth. More specifically, they are serous salivary glands which reside adjacent to the moats surrounding the circumvallate papillae in the posterior one-third of the tongue, anterior to the terminal sulcus.

Von Ebner's glands (also called gustatory glands) are named after Anton Gilbert Victor von Ebner, Ritter von Rosenstein, who was an Austrian histologist.

As mentioned above, these glands are located around circumvallate and foliate papillae in the tongue. They secrete lingual lipase,[1] beginning the process of lipid hydrolysis in the mouth. These glands empty their serous secretion into the base of the moats located around the foliate and circumvallate papillae. This secretion presumably flushes material from the moat to enable the taste buds to respond rapidly to changing stimuli.

The Von Ebner glands are innervated by Cranial Nerve IX, the glossopharyngeal nerve.


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