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Greater Vestibular Gland
Urogenital System

Greater Vestibular Gland

Glandula vestibularis major

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The greater vestibular glands are rounded tubuloacinar glands that open into to the vestibule via a duct, 2 cm long, which lie between the hymen (or hymenal caruncles) and the labia minora (Standring, 2016).

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The glands are related to the posterolateral aspects of the vaginal orifice. They often sit beneath the posterior aspect of the vestibular bulbs. They are analogous to the bulbourethral glands in the male.


These glands produce mucoid secretions that functions as a lubricant during sexual arousal.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Bartholin’s cyst


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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