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
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.
Origin: From saliva, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from salw-, cognate with salu. More at sallow.
the secretion from the salivary glands
Origin: [L.; cf. Gr. .]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sa-lī′va, n. the spittle, one of the digestive fluids, mainly the product of the salivary glands.—adjs. Salī′val, Sal′ivant, producing salivation.—n. Salī′va-pump, a device for carrying off the accumulating saliva.—adj. Sa′livary, pertaining to, secreting, or containing saliva.—n. that which produces salivation.—v.t. Sal′ivāte, to produce an unusual amount of saliva.—n. Salivā′tion, an unusual flow of saliva.—adj. Sal′ivous, like spittle. [Fr.,—L., allied to Gr. sialon, saliva.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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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The numerical value of saliva in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of saliva in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The saliva you secrete when chewing gum really has a calming effect on acid reflux.
I’ve gone to hockey games and they hit hard and you can see a spray of saliva. In that context, 15 cases is not so bad.
Saliva is very easy to collect and transport, which will enhance participation in remote centers and diverse populations.
But there is no such thing, the allergic reaction is triggered by the proteins in their saliva and skin, which of course all dogs and cats have.
A society which allows an abominable event to burgeon from its dung heap and grow on its surface is like a man who lets a fly crawl unheeded across his face or saliva dribble from his mouth -- either epileptic or dead.
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- بُزَاق, رِيق, لُعَابArabic
- төкөрөк, шайыҡ, һеләгәй, шеләгәйBashkir
- слю́нка, плю́нкаBulgarian
- salivaCatalan, Valencian
- σίελος, σάλιοGreek
- بزاق, گلیزPersian
- sputt, spýtt, rákiFaroese
- seileScottish Gaelic
- लार, रालHindi
- slef, munnvatnIcelandic
- 唾液, 唾Japanese
- hāware, hūare, hūware, parakiMāori
- плу́нка, плу́канкаMacedonian
- слю́нка, слюна́Russian
- сли̏на, slȉnaSerbo-Croatian
- කෙළSinhala, Sinhalese
- saliv, spottSwedish
- оби даҳанTajik
- tükürük, salyaTurkish
- رال, لارUrdu
- sulak, sulakay, tupukUzbek
- nước bọtVietnamese
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