The parotid gland is a salivary gland in humans. It is one of a pair, and the largest of the salivary glands. It is wrapped around the mandibular ramus, and secretes saliva through Stensen's ducts into the oral cavity, to facilitate mastication and swallowing and to begin the digestion of starches. The parotid glands are a pair of serous salivary glands located below and in front of the external acoustic meatus draining their secretions into the vestibule of oral cavity through Stensen's duct. They are the largest major salivary glands of the human body.