Definition of saliva
: a slightly alkaline secretion of water, mucin, protein, salts, and often a starch-splitting enzyme (such as ptyalin) that is secreted into the mouth by salivary glands, lubricates ingested food, and often begins the breakdown of starches
Examples of saliva in a Sentence
our mouths filled with saliva when we smelled the delicious dinner
Recent Examples of saliva from the Web
LOS ANGELES -- Detectives say saliva helped solve a multiple murder case that eluded investigators for six years in Southern California.
Adequate fluid intake helps maintain our body-fluid balance, which is important for saliva production and maintaining body temperature.
But that sequence feels a distant memory once Alien: Covenant gets its guns out, so to speak, and the buckets of blood, guts and saliva begin sloshing about the screen.
In contrast, showing people pictures of office supplies led to a reduction in saliva, at least when compared to baseline.
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Origin and Etymology of saliva
First Known Use: 15th century
SALIVA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of saliva for English Language Learners
: the liquid produced in your mouth that keeps your mouth moist and makes it easier to swallow food
SALIVA Defined for Kids
Definition of saliva for Students
: 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 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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