Type of cells found in salivary glands and their functions

In all mammals, the salivary glands functions as an exocrine gland, which produces saliva through a system of ducts. Among all other mammals, humans have hundreds of salivary glands and are present within the mouth. The basic secretion units of salivary glands are called acini and are composed of clusters of cells. 

Salivary Glands are composed of two types of secretory cells: 

  1. Serous cells– These cells are present on the surface of epithelium, submucosal glands and secretes an enzyme solution.
  2. Mucous cells– These cells are present inside the stomach, in the necks of the gastric pits and produces mucus.

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