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saliva

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noun sa·li·va \sə-ˈlī-və\

Simple Definition of saliva

  • : the liquid produced in your mouth that keeps your mouth moist and makes it easier to swallow food

Full Definition of saliva

  1. :  a slightly alkaline secretion of water, mucin, protein, salts, and often a starch-splitting enzyme (as ptyalin) that is secreted into the mouth by salivary glands, lubricates ingested food, and often begins the breakdown of starches

Examples of saliva

  1. <our mouths filled with saliva when we smelled the delicious dinner>



Origin of saliva

Latin


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with saliva


SALIVA Defined for Kids

saliva

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noun sa·li·va \sə-ˈlī-və\

Definition of saliva

  1. :  a watery fluid that moistens chewed food and contains enzymes which break down starch and that is secreted into the mouth from three pairs of glands near the mouth




Medical Dictionary

saliva

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noun sa·li·va \sə-ˈlī-və\

Medical Definition of saliva

  1. :  a slightly alkaline secretion of water, mucin, protein, salts, and often a starch-splitting enzyme (as ptyalin) that is secreted into the mouth by salivary glands, lubricates ingested food, and often begins the breakdown of starches





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