salivary

adjective
sal·​i·​vary | \ ˈsa-lə-ˌver-ē How to pronounce salivary (audio) \

Definition of salivary

: of or relating to saliva or the glands that secrete it especially : producing or carrying saliva

Examples of salivary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lower salivary flow is considered a risk for dental caries. Jeffrey Ebersole, The Conversation, 18 May 2021 Some years ago, Porat-Shliom and her colleagues were studying the acinar cells of the salivary glands, which act in concert to secrete saliva. Quanta Magazine, 6 July 2021 This can include radiation therapy, systemic diseases like diabetes, autoimmune diseases that affect the salivary glands, a wide array of pharmaceuticals and aging. Jeffrey Ebersole, The Conversation, 18 May 2021 The site adds that chemical irritants are not only ineffective at getting ticks to detach but also risk triggering injection of salivary fluids and possible transmission of disease-causing microbes. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2021 In new research, scientists close a long-open door by causally linking early salivary glands with what eventually became venom glands in many animals. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2021 Chinese for yellow dragon disease -- it is caused by bacteria that hide in the salivary glands of invasive insects known as Asian citrus psyllids. Anna Kuchment, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2013 In addition to swishing with water, says Nejad, throw in a xylitol mint, which helps protect against cavities, stimulates salivary flow and, of course, freshens breath. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2021 Silverman’s tumor is particularly challenging—a rare salivary gland cancer with an even rarer emergence in the jaw—and the effectiveness of any treatment may be limited. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of salivary

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salivary was in 1709

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27 Aug 2021

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“Salivary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salivary. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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salivary

adjective
sal·​i·​vary | \ ˈsa-lə-ˌver-ē How to pronounce salivary (audio) \

Kids Definition of salivary

: of, relating to, or producing saliva salivary glands

salivary

adjective
sal·​i·​vary | \ ˈsal-ə-ˌver-ē How to pronounce salivary (audio) \

Medical Definition of salivary

: of or relating to saliva or the glands that secrete it especially : producing or carrying saliva

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