saliva

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noun sa·li·va \sə-ˈlī-və\

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 in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of saliva

Latin


First Known Use: 15th century


SALIVA Defined for English Language Learners

saliva

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noun sa·li·va \sə-ˈlī-və\

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

saliva

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noun sa·li·va \sə-ˈlī-və\

Definition of saliva for Students

  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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