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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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