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saliva

Line breaks: sal¦iva
Pronunciation: /səˈlʌɪvə
 
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Definition of saliva in English:

noun

[mass noun]
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.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin.

Derivatives

salivary

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Pronunciation: /səˈlʌɪv(ə)ri, ˈsalɪv(ə)ri/
adjective
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.

Words that rhyme with saliva

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

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