Lingual veins

The lingual veins begin on the dorsum, sides, and under surface of the tongue, and, passing backward along the course of the lingual artery, end in the internal jugular vein.

Lingual veins
Veins of the tongue. (Lingual vein labeled at left.)
Drains fromTongue
Drains toInternal jugular vein
ArteryLingual artery
LatinVena lingualis
Anatomical terminology

The vena comitans of the hypoglossal nerve (ranine vein), a branch of considerable size, begins below the tip of the tongue, and may join the lingual; generally, however, it passes backward on the hyoglossus, and joins the common facial.

The lingual veins are important clinically as they are capable of rapid absorption of drugs; for this reason, nitroglycerin is given under the tongue to patients suspected of having angina pectoris.


  1. Sublingual vein
  2. Deep lingual vein
  3. Dorsal lingual veins
  4. Suprahyoid vein


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 648 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • Moore NA and Roy W. Rapid Review: Gross Anatomy. Elsevier, 2010.

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