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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
References in classic literature ?
There was a mouth under the eyes, the lipless brim of which quivered and panted, and dropped saliva.
With the first full puff of the smoke he gave over his moans and yelps, the agitation began to fade out of him, and Daughtry, appreciatively waiting, saw the trembling go out of his hands, the pendulous lip-quivering cease, the saliva stop flowing from the corners of his mouth, and placidity come into the fiery remnants of his eyes.
Her eyes were bloodshot and the saliva had gathered in a white foam on her black lips.
His employment, from his first coming into the academy, was an operation to reduce human excrement to its original food, by separating the several parts, removing the tincture which it receives from the gall, making the odour exhale, and scumming off the saliva.
Pulsating saliva stood at the corners of his mouth.
Their leaps and bounds increased, their bared fangs dripped saliva, and their lips and breasts were flecked with foam.
Yet he battled on, striking futile blows against great, hispid breasts he could not see; feeling thick, squat throats beneath his fingers; the drool of saliva upon his cheek, and hot, foul breath in his nostrils.
She did not feel the heat of the fetid breath upon her face, nor the dripping of the saliva from the frightful jaws half opened so close above her.
Actually was he hungry when he had megapode eggs, and the well-nigh dried founts of saliva and of internal digestive juices were stimulated to flow again at contemplation of a megapode egg prepared for the eating.
Some fell to the ground, and were trampled to death, others took too much snuff to make them weep, others stained their eyes with saliva, others walked to and fro, their tongues hanging from their jaws, while groans broke from their parched throats.
Gudule; for a step --but half a step farther, and you would plunge headlong into the gulf of imbecility; there lodged, you would speedily receive proofs of Flemish gratitude and magnanimity in showers of Brabant saliva and handfuls of Low Country mud.
Her mouth opened, the saliva drooled forth, and she licked her chops with the pleasure of anticipation.