salivary

adjective

sal·​i·​vary ˈsa-lə-ˌver-ē How to pronounce salivary (audio)
: 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 In a study that pitted gum chewers against non-chewers, measuring and comparing their alertness, stress and anxiety levels, the findings revealed that as well as improved focus, the chewers had lower levels of salivary cortisol levels compared to non-chewers. Georgia Day, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2023 Her friend Diana Byer, the founder and former artistic director of New York Theater Ballet, said the cause was salivary cancer. Claudia Bauer, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 This anti-bitter effect of saliva from experienced rats appears to be caused by salivary proteins: filtering the saliva to remove proteins abolishes the protective effect. Chris Gorski, Discover Magazine, 28 Jan. 2023 Another study published in the same year credits greenspaces — and yes, the Sonoran Desert features a variety of green plants — with a reduction in diastolic blood pressure, heart rate, and salivary cortisol, as well as the incidence of type II diabetes and stroke. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 26 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for salivary 

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salivary was in 1709

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Cite this Entry

“Salivary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salivary. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

salivary

adjective
sal·​i·​vary ˈsal-ə-ˌver-ē How to pronounce salivary (audio)
: of or relating to saliva or the salivary glands

Medical Definition

salivary

adjective
sal·​i·​vary ˈsal-ə-ˌver-ē How to pronounce salivary (audio)
: of or relating to saliva or the glands that secrete it
especially : producing or carrying saliva

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