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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dry mouth and oral dryness, medically referred to as xerostomia, occur from a reaction to the CBD in the salivary glands of the mouth. Dallas News, 31 Oct. 2022 Likewise, Hodges-Simeon’s research suggests that lower voice pitch may be linked with higher levels of salivary immunoglobulin-A, an antibody that is the body’s first line of defense against infections. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, 13 Mar. 2022 Adenoid cystic carcinoma is a rare type of cancer that forms in the salivary glands, according the Cleveland Clinic. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 Danner, known for roles in Meet the Parents and Will & Grace, divulged that she was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of oral cancer that develops in the salivary glands, in March 2018. Nick Romano, EW.com, 22 Nov. 2022 She was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a relatively rare form of oral cancer that often develops in the salivary glands. Aili Nahas, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2022 Humans have three pairs of major salivary glands (parotid, submandibular and sublingual) that open into the mouth through ducts. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 Makarenkova's next steps are to confirm ionocytes' existence in human salivary glands and to investigate their potential to treat conditions such as dry mouth, in cases where the cells are insufficient or dysfunctional. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 21 June 2022 What is possible is that the virus has triggered an autoimmune attack on the saliva-producing cells in the three different salivary glands, a condition known as Sjogren’s syndrome. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salivary was in 1709

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“Salivary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salivary. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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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