Definitions for salivasəˈlaɪ və

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sa•li•vasəˈlaɪ və(n.)

  1. 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.

    Category: Physiology

Origin of saliva:

1670–80; < L salīva

sal•i•var•yˈsæl əˌvɛr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. saliva, spit, spittle(noun)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. saliva(Noun)

    A clear, slightly alkaline liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands, consisting of water, mucin, protein, and enzymes. It moistens the mouth, lubricates ingested food, and begins the breakdown of starches.

  2. Origin: From saliva, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from salw-, cognate with salu. More at sallow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saliva(noun)

    the secretion from the salivary glands

Freebase

  1. Saliva

    Saliva is a watery substance located in the mouths of organisms, secreted by the salivary glands. Human saliva is 99.5% water, while the other 0.5% consists of electrolytes, mucus, glycoproteins, enzymes, and antibacterial compounds such as secretory IgA and lysozyme. The enzymes found in saliva are essential in beginning the process of digestion of dietary starches and fats. These enzymes also play a role in breaking down food particles entrapped within dental crevices, protecting teeth from bacterial decay. Furthermore, saliva serves a lubricative function, wetting food and permitting the initiation of swallowing, and protecting the mucosal surfaces of the oral cavity from desiccation. Various species have special uses for saliva that go beyond predigestion. Some swifts use their gummy saliva to build nests. Aerodramus nests are prized for use in bird's nest soup. Cobras, vipers, and certain other members of the venom clade hunt with venomous saliva injected by fangs. Some arthropods, such as spiders and caterpillars, create thread from salivary glands.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Saliva

    The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the SALIVARY GLANDS and mucous glands of the mouth. It contains MUCINS, water, organic salts, and ptylin.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

saliva(noun)

the liquid that forms in the mouth to help digestion.

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