Definition of sublingual in English:

sublingual

adjective

Anatomy Medicine
  • 1Situated or applied under the tongue.

    • ‘Organic nitrates were soon discovered to share many of the pharmacologic properties of amyl nitrite, and by 1879 the sublingual administration of nitroglycerin was established for relief of acute anginal attacks.’
    • ‘Nitroglycerin may be administered via several routes, including sublingual, buccal, oral, transdermal, and intravenous.’
    • ‘Nicotine replacement is available as chewing gum, transdermal patch, nasal spray, inhaler, sublingual tablet, and lozenge.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting a pair of small salivary glands beneath the tongue.
      • ‘The facial artery may replace the lingual artery and supply the sublingual gland.’
      • ‘When combined with naloxone, sublingual buprenorphine is as effective as methadone, but has much less abuse or diversion potential.’
      • ‘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 benign variant is a typical example of an intraductal papilloma arising in the sublingual gland, a previously unreported site.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

sublingual

/sʌbˈlɪŋɡw(ə)l/