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ptyalism

[ tahy-uh-liz-uhm ]
/ ˈtaɪ əˌlɪz əm /
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noun Pathology.
excessive secretion of saliva.
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Origin of ptyalism

1675–85; <Greek ptyalismós expectoration, equivalent to ptýal(on) spittle + -ismos-ism

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British Dictionary definitions for ptyalism

ptyalism
/ (ˈtaɪəˌlɪzəm) /

noun
excessive secretion of saliva

Word Origin for ptyalism

C17: from Greek ptualismos, from ptualizein to produce saliva, from ptualon saliva
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