Definition of sublingual in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsəbˈliNGɡwəl/


Anatomy & Medicine
1Situated or applied under the tongue.
Example sentences
  • Oral, intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, epidural, intrathecal, sublingual, and rectal are all viable routes of morphine administration.
  • Others have asked students to give specific practical advice to a patient receiving, say, sublingual glyceryl trinitrate for angina or an inhaler for asthma.
  • Nicotine replacement is available as chewing gum, transdermal patch, nasal spray, inhaler, sublingual tablet, and lozenge.
1.1Denoting a pair of small salivary glands beneath the tongue.
Example sentences
  • Grossly, the cut surface revealed a unilocular cystic lesion, which measured 1.5 x 1.2 cm and which was enclosed within the sublingual major salivary gland.
  • The male produces a long, gelatinous strand of condensed saliva from the sublingual salivary glands, which is then wound into a half-cup nest, bonded to a vertical surface.
  • The facial artery may replace the lingual artery and supply the sublingual gland.



Example sentences
  • By administering the spray sublingually, the mucous membrane absorbs the solution directly into the bloodstream, avoiding degradation from the gastrointestinal tract and liver.
  • Nitrates and calcium channel blocking drugs can be tried taken sublingually for episodes of pain or orally and regularly as a prophylactic.
  • Buprenorphine was provided in tablet form, which was administered sublingually.
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