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saliva

noun sa·li·va \sə-ˈlī-və\

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

Full Definition of SALIVA

:  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

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Rhymes with SALIVA

saliva

noun sa·li·va \sə-ˈlī-və\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SALIVA

:  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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