Definition of saliva in English:

saliva

Line breaks: sal¦iva
Pronunciation: /səˈlʌɪvə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
  • Watery liquid secreted into the mouth by glands, providing lubrication for chewing and swallowing, and aiding digestion.
    More 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

Derivatives

salivary

Pronunciation: /səˈlʌɪ-, ˈsalɪ-/
adjective
More 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin.

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