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

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The team also found that sulfated anophelins are more effective than hirudin, a blood-thinning molecule derived from the salivary juices of leeches, which is occasionally used in clinical settings. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "Mosquito spit can bust blood clots in mice," 10 Apr. 2018 Not just one diagnosis, but four in eight years, including a rare salivary gland cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma. Brittany Risher, SELF, "After 4 Cancer Diagnoses in 8 Years, This Pro Racer Is Still Running," 12 May 2018 Warming may increase biting rates and how fast diseases can move through a bug into their salivary glands. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Insect-Borne Diseases Have Tripled. Here's Why.," 2 May 2018 The most common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swollen and tender salivary glands according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maria Clark,, "Students could have been exposed to mumps, warns Metairie school: Fox 8," 27 Apr. 2018 The child was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and found to have swelling of salivary glands, a common symptom of the mumps. Rita Giordano,, "More Philadelphia-area mumps cases reported," 11 Apr. 2018 The research team measured the impact of these three types of smiles by continuously monitoring the speaker’s heart rate and periodically assessing his salivary levels of cortisol, a hormone often used as a marker of stress. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Smiles Hide Many Messages—Some Unfriendly," 5 Apr. 2018 Some studies enrolled people who already had tumors with suspected links to RF radiation, such as gliomas, acoustic neuromas and salivary gland tumors. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer," 29 Mar. 2018 More on Beastie Boys Adam Yauch's Rare Type of Cancer There is no ribbon for salivary-cancer awareness. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018

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1709, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of salivary

: of, relating to, or producing saliva salivary glands


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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