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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Indeed, the mere sight of delicious morsels can trigger our salivary glands as our brains remember enjoyable meals past, especially savory, high-fat foods. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Grilling Guide," 30 Aug. 2019 On Sunday, the bestselling cookbook author tweeted a video of her beignet-baking process, triggering a million salivary glands in the process. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Is Done With Unsolicited Cooking Advice: "Make Your Own Thank You Goodbye"," 29 July 2019 Mumps symptoms include discomfort and swelling of the salivary glands in the front of the neck or the parotid glands in front of the ears. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mumps cases continue to increase in San Diego County," 24 July 2019 Typical symptoms are a fever, body aches, headaches, fatigue and swelling of the salivary glands. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "7 cases of mumps confirmed at Harris County Jail, and there could be more," 13 June 2019 She was first diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her salivary gland in 2009, followed by thryoid cancer in 2010. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "American Olympic hopeful Gabriele Grunewald dies at age 32 after battling cancer," 12 June 2019 Grunewald was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) -- an extremely rare cancer usually found in the salivary glands of the head and neck -- in 2009, but still pursued her career in middle distance running. George Ramsay, CNN, "Gabriele Grunewald: Professional runner inspired 'hope' in cancer fight," 12 June 2019 Over the weekend, Gabe’s husband Justin Grunewald revealed on Instagram that his wife’s 10-year battle with salivary gland and thyroid cancer had become so severe that she was readmitted to the ICU upon experiencing septic shock. Joelle Goldstein,, "Chip Gaines Vows to Personally Match Donations Made in Terminally Ill Runner Gabe Grunewald's Name," 11 June 2019 Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands, according to the Health Department. CBS News, "New Jersey jail placed on lockdown following suspected mumps outbreak," 11 June 2019

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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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