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Von Ebner's glands (also called Ebner's glands or gustatory glands) are named after Anton Gilbert Victor von Ebner, Ritter von Rosenstein, who was an Austrian histologist.

Ebner's glands are exocrine glands found in the mouth. More specifically, they are serous salivary glands which reside within the moats surrounding the circumvallate papillae in the posterior one-third of the tongue, anterior to the terminal sulcus.

These glands are located around circumvallate and foliate papillae in the tongue, and they secrete lingual lipase, beginning the process of lipid hydrolysis in the mouth. These glands empty their serous secretion into the base of the moats located around the foliate and circumvallate papillae. This secretion presumably flushes material from the moat to enable the taste buds to respond rapidly to changing stimuli.

Von Ebner's glands also is present in foliate papillae.[How to reference and link to summary or text]

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