Definition of sublingual in US English:



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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nitroglycerin may be administered via several routes, including sublingual, buccal, oral, transdermal, and intravenous.’
    • ‘Oral, intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, epidural, intrathecal, sublingual, and rectal are all viable routes of morphine administration.’
    1. 1.1 Denoting a pair of small salivary glands beneath the tongue.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When combined with naloxone, sublingual buprenorphine is as effective as methadone, but has much less abuse or diversion potential.’
      • ‘The facial artery may replace the lingual artery and supply the sublingual gland.’
      • ‘The benign variant is a typical example of an intraductal papilloma arising in the sublingual gland, a previously unreported site.’