Von Ebner's gland

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Human Von Ebner's Gland.

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

These glands are named after Anton Gilbert Victor von Ebner, Ritter von Rofenstein, who was an Austrian histologist.

Von Ebner's glands 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 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.

Von Ebner's glands are innervated by cranial nerve IX, the glossopharyngeal nerve.


  1. ^ Essentials of Human Physiology by Thomas M. Nosek. Section 6/6ch6/s6ch6_8.

External links

  • Anton Gilbert Viktor Ebner, Ritter von Rofenstein entry @ whonamedit.com
  • pubmed/16859632
  • synd/2602 at Who Named It?
  • Histology image: 09503loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University
  • Histology image: 126_05 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Dental histology at usc.edu

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