hy·​per·​sal·​i·​va·​tion ˌhī-pər-ˌsa-lə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce hypersalivation (audio)
: excessive salivation or drooling : sialorrhea

called also ptyalism

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Scientific investigators were called when minks began showing signs of infection including loss of appetite, hypersalivation, depression, bloody snout and tremors. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2023 In the ambulance on the way to the hospital, the medics also began to feel ill: sore throats, irritated eyes, and hypersalivation. Chris Baraniuk, Wired, 16 July 2022 The disease can also cause hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation, difficulty swallowing and fear of water. Madeline Farber, Fox News, 19 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypersalivation was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Hypersalivation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypersalivation. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


hy·​per·​sal·​i·​va·​tion -ˌsal-ə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce hypersalivation (audio)
: excessive salivation or drooling : sialorrhea

called also ptyalism

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