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The salivary glands are exocrine in nature and comprise ducto‑acinar units that produce and secrete saliva. An intricate developmental process results in the branching morphology of salivary glands whose terminal secretory end pieces comprise acinar cells which together with ductal cells are collectively termed as the “luminal cells” and the myoepithelial and basal cells are referred to as the “abluminal” cells. Myoepithelial cells (ME) are found to wrap the secretory acini and the intercalated ducts while the basal cells support the striated ducts and the rest of the conducting system of the salivary gland.