ptyalism

[tahy-uh-liz-uh m]
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noun Pathology.

excessive secretion of saliva.

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

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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Medicine definitions for ptyalism

ptyalism

[tīə-lĭz′əm]

n.

Excessive flow of saliva.hypersalivation salivation sialism sialismus sialorrhea sialosis
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