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saliva Syllabification: sa·li·va
Pronunciation: /səˈlīvə/

Definition of saliva in English:


Watery liquid secreted into the mouth by glands, providing lubrication for chewing and swallowing, and aiding digestion.
Example sentences
  • The total daily flow of saliva from all the salivary glands is around 600 ml.
  • When the food doesn't go down, the mouth produces more saliva to try and lubricate everything into submission.
  • The flu virus is usually spread in the small droplets of saliva coughed or sneezed into the atmosphere by an infected person.


Pronunciation: /ˈsaləˌverē/
Example sentences
  • Tolterodine is a recently introduced antimuscarinic agent, which has a lower affinity for muscarinic receptors in the salivary glands.
  • Reflex secretion of saliva from the salivary glands under the tongue and in the cheeks is stimulated by chewing, taste and smell, to varying degrees.
  • Scientists are working on gene therapy, improved artificial saliva and artificial salivary glands.


Late Middle English: from Latin.

Words that rhyme with saliva

conniver, contriver, diver, driver, fiver, Godiva, Ivor, jiver, Liver, reviver, skiver, striver, survivor, viva
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