saliva [ s uh- lahy-v uh ] SHOW IPA / səˈlaɪ və / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a viscid, watery fluid, secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands, that functions in the tasting, chewing, and swallowing of food, moistens the mouth, and starts the digestion of starches. Nearby words salisbury plain
salisbury, john of
salivary duct Origin of saliva
First recorded in
1670–80, saliva is from the Latin word salīva Related forms sal·i·var·y , [ sal- uh-ver-ee] /ˈsæl əˌvɛr i/ adjective
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The activity of the stomach is suspended for the same reason as is that of the
This causes a rush of blood to the
salivary glands, stimulating them to unusual activity in the secretion of saliva.
salivary glands act imperfectly; the mouth becomes dry and is often opened and shut.
Around the oesophagus, which is fairly long and soft, are no
salivary glands, no silk-tubes. British Dictionary definitions for salivary noun the secretion of salivary glands, consisting of a clear usually slightly acid aqueous fluid of variable composition. It moistens the oral cavity, prepares food for swallowing, and initiates the process of digestion Related adjective: sialoid Derived Forms salivary ( səˈlaɪvərɪ, ˈsælɪvərɪ), adjective Word Origin for saliva
C17: from Latin, of obscure origin
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Medicine definitions for salivary (1 of 2) adj. Of, relating to, or producing saliva. Of or relating to a salivary gland. Medicine definitions for salivary (2 of 2) n. The watery mixture of secretions from the salivary and oral mucous glands that lubricates chewed food, moistens the oral walls, and contains ptyalin.
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Science definitions for salivary The watery fluid that is secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands. In many animals, including humans, it contains the enzyme amylase, which breaks down carbohydrates. Saliva also contains mucus, which lubricates food for swallowing, and various proteins and mineral salts. Some special chemicals occur in the saliva of other animals, such as anticoagulants in the saliva of mosquitoes.
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Culture definitions for salivary
fluid produced by the secretions of the salivary glands. Saliva contains enzymes that begin the digestion of starches. It also moistens the mouth tissues and makes food easier to chew and swallow.
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