Inferior salivatory nucleus

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Inferior salivatory nucleus

a group of preganglionic parasympathetic motor neurons located in the reticular formation of the medulla oblongata dorsal to the nucleus ambiguus; its axons leave the brain with the glossopharyngeal nerve and govern secretion from the parotid gland by the intermediary of the ganglion oticum; cells of the inferior and superior nucleus are scattered and overlapping in lateral regions of the reticular formation.

Synonym: nucleus salivatorius inferior, inferior salivary nucleus.

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