[sal-uh-vey-shuh n]


the act or process of salivating.
an abnormally abundant flow of saliva; ptyalism.
mercurial poisoning.

Nearby words

  1. salivary duct,
  2. salivary fistula,
  3. salivary gland,
  4. salivary glands,
  5. salivate,
  6. salivator,
  7. salk,
  8. salk vaccine,
  9. salk, jonas edward,
  10. salle à manger

Origin of salivation

1590–1600; < Latin salīvātiōn- (stem of salīvātiō), equivalent to salīvāt(us) (see salivate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formshy·per·sal·i·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for salivation



1590s, from French salivation or directly from Latin salivationem (nominative salivatio), noun of action from past participle stem of salivare (see salivate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for salivation




The act or process of secreting saliva.

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