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Excessive flow of saliva.

[Greek ptualismos, salivation, from ptualizein, to salivate, from ptualon, saliva, from ptūein, to spit.]
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(Pathology) excessive secretion of saliva
[C17: from Greek ptualismos, from ptualizein to produce saliva, from ptualon saliva]
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(ˈtaɪ əˌlɪz əm)

excessive secretion of saliva.
[1675–85; < Greek ptyalismós expectoration =ptýal(on) spittle + -ismos -ism]
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excessive salivation, usually associated with chronic mercury poisoning.
See also: Poison
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Noun1.ptyalism - excessive flow of saliva
salivation - the secretion of saliva
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