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sa·li·va

 (sə-lī′və)
n.
The watery mixture of secretions from the salivary and oral mucous glands that lubricates chewed food, moistens the oral walls, and contains ptyalin.

[Latin salīva.]

saliva

(səˈlaɪvə)
n
(Physiology) the secretion of salivary glands, consisting of a clear usually slightly acid aqueous fluid of variable composition. It moistens the oral cavity, prepares food for swallowing, and initiates the process of digestion.
[C17: from Latin, of obscure origin]
salivary, salival adj

sa•li•va

(səˈlaɪ və)

n.
a viscid, watery fluid, secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands, that functions in the tasting, chewing, and swallowing of food, moistens the mouth, and starts the digestion of starches.
[1670–80; < Latin salīva]
sal•i•var•y (ˈsæl əˌvɛr i) adj.

sa·li·va

(sə-lī′və)
The watery fluid that is secreted into the mouth by glands known as salivary glands. In many animals, including humans, it contains enzymes that help in the digestion of carbohydrates. Saliva also contains mucus, which lubricates food for swallowing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saliva - a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouthsaliva - a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
secretion - a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell
slobber, dribble, drivel, drool - saliva spilling from the mouth
tobacco juice - saliva colored brown by tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco)
salivary gland - any of three pairs of glands in the mouth and digestive system that secrete saliva for digestion
ptyalin - an amylase secreted in saliva

saliva

noun spit, dribble, drool, slaver, spittle, sputum A string of saliva looped from his mouth.
Related words
adjective sialoid
Translations
لُعَابلُعاب، ريق
slina
spyt
sylki
राललार
slina
nyál
munnvatnslef
唾液
saliva
seilės
siekalas
salivă
slina
salivspott
น้ำลาย
nước bọt

saliva

[səˈlaɪvə] Nsaliva f

saliva

[səˈlaɪvə] nsalive f

saliva

nSpeichel m

saliva

[səˈlaɪvə] nsaliva

saliva

(səˈlaivə) noun
the liquid that forms in the mouth to help digestion.
salivate (ˈsӕliveit) verb
to produce saliva, especially in large amounts.

saliva

لُعَاب slina spyt Speichel σάλιο saliva sylki salive slina saliva 唾液 speeksel spytt ślina saliva слюна saliv น้ำลาย tükürük nước bọt 唾液

saliva

n saliva
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