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səˈlaɪ vəsali·va

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. saliva, spit, spittlenoun

    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


  1. salivanoun

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Salivanoun

    the secretion from the salivary glands

    Etymology: [L.; cf. Gr. .]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Saliva

    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

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. saliva

    A form of liquid created in the mouth.

    Saliva contributes to the way we eat our food and how we feel.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 6, 2020  

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  1. Saliva

    the secretion of the salivary glands that moistens and begins the digestion of the food.

Anagrams for saliva »

  1. salvia

  2. avails

  3. Valais

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saliva in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saliva in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of saliva in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Mentally weak has a tendency to lick the finger to stick the saliva onto it to flip the page or count the paper currency as they think that they can't do it without the spit.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    There are no well-documented cases of transmission of HIV by exchange of saliva, it is extraordinarily unlikely that a healthy person can be infected by HIV through French kissing.

  3. Shraddha Sapkota:

    Saliva is very easy to collect and transport, which will enhance participation in remote centers and diverse populations.

  4. Jessica Vogelsang:

    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.

  5. Jean Baudrillard:

    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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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. soft-witted
    • B. occlusive
    • C. defiant
    • D. foreordained

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