- excessive secretion of saliva.
Origin of ptyalism
1675–85; < Greek ptyalismós expectoration, equivalent to ptýal(on) spittle + -ismos -ism
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Examples from the Web for ptyalism
Ptyalism, or salivation, consists in an abnormal and excessive secretion of saliva.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
The above are used in thrush or aphthous sore mouth, ptyalism, &c.
Ptyalism never follows the administration of the capsules or injections.
Pain is assuaged, ptyalism removed, and the inflammation itself favorably influenced.Coca and its Therapeutic Application, Third Edition
- excessive secretion of saliva
C17: from Greek ptualismos, from ptualizein to produce saliva, from ptualon saliva
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- Excessive flow of saliva.hypersalivation salivation sialism sialismus sialorrhea sialosis
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