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Sublingual Vein
Cardiovascular System

Sublingual Vein

Vena sublingualis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Ventral surface of the tongue.

Course: Joins posteriorly with the deep lingual vein to form the vena comitans of the hypoglossal nerve.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Ventral tongue and sublingual glands.

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The two sublingual veins are found on the ventral surface of the tongue, one on either side of the midline.


The sublingual vein joins the deep lingual vein along its posterior course, near the anterior border of the hyoglossus muscle, to form vena comitans of the hypoglossal nerve.


There are no named tributaries.

Structures Drained

The sublingual vein provides venous drainage for the ventral tongue and the sublingual glands.

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