• WordNet 3.6
    • n saliva a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The human body makes anywhere from 1 to 3 pints of saliva every 24 hours
    • n Saliva (Physiol) The secretion from the salivary glands.☞ In man the saliva is a more or less turbid and slighty viscid fluid, generally of an alkaline reaction, and is secreted by the parotid, submaxillary, and sublingual glands. In the mouth the saliva is mixed with the secretion from the buccal glands. The secretions from the individual salivary glands have their own special characteristics, and these are not the same in all animals. In man and many animals mixed saliva, i.e., saliva composed of the secretions of all three of the salivary glands, is an important digestive fluid on account of the presence of the peculiar enzyme, ptyalin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In a lifetime, an average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva
    • n saliva Spittle; the mixed secretion of the salivary glands and of the mucous membrane of the mouth, a colorless ropy liquid which normally has an alkaline reaction. Its physiological use is to keep moist the tongue, mouth, and fauces. thus aiding the sense of taste, and to assist mastication and deglutition. Specifically, saliva is the secretion of the salivary glands, which in man and many other animals contains a digestive ferment, ptyalin. See ptyalin, and cuts under parotid and salivary.
    • n saliva In entomology, a neutral alkaline fluid secreted by the salivary glands when these are present, and, in their absence, by the epithelial lining of the esophagus. It has the same property as the saliva of vertebrates in transforming starchy foods into glucose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cattle can produce up to 180 litres of saliva in one day
    • n Saliva sa-lī′va the spittle, one of the digestive fluids, mainly the product of the salivary glands
    • n Saliva that which produces salivation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.; cf. Gr.


In literature:

Increased secretion of saliva.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
By this means the secretion of the saliva was promoted; and although it was but slight, the sufferer obtained a little relief.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
This he saturated with saliva and then coated it over with the powder.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
It is doubtless the saliva that is poured into the wound that causes the irritation.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
Saliva will make it adhere to the wire, if you have nothing better.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
Wherever the creature's saliva touched the metal clouded and chipped under the assault of the teeth.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
He examined the saliva and the blood of the rabbits, and found in both a new microbe (a minute disk having two points).
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
The pulse is very slow and strong at first, but later weak and rapid, sometimes sweat and saliva pour out.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The flow of saliva in a dog is a natural consequence to the sight and smell of food.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Saliva seemed to flood his mouth.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea

In news:

Kristen Merrill, founding Saliva Sister.
Pancreatic Cancer Risk Linked to Saliva Bacteria.
Filter, Saliva , Anew Revolution and Heart Set Self Destruct tore up the stage at the Lucky Mule last night (August 7th).
Anyone who was growing up in the mid to late 90?s knows who Saliva is.
My friend has been having a terrible time with excess saliva for at least a year.
Jellyfish Venom and Tick Saliva .
Adelitas Way v Saliva .
Adelitas Way takes on Saliva ( Saliva , by the way, will be playing the Warehouse Friday night.
Angel's Rock Report- Chevelle, Saliva .
Saliva was back for a sold out night at The Machine Shop this past Saturday.
The painful stones are caused when chemicals in the saliva crystallize into a stone that can block the salivary ducts.
Saliva and Filter have been to Lubbock numerous times but, as they say, things get better with age.
NEW YORK (AP) – A man in Texas is serving a 35-year prison sentence for spitting at a police officer — because he has the virus that causes AIDS and his saliva was deemed a deadly weapon.
But it comes from an unlikely source, the saliva of Vampire Bats .
Four days after surrendering saliva to police crime technicians, James Lewis sat for a live TV interview on a community cable TV show in the Boston suburb where he lives.

In science:

The alcoho l odour authent ically influences alcoho l appearances in an expiration after perceptions. The alcoho l odour authent ically influences alcoho l appearance in a saliva in an hour after perception.
Influence of Alcohol Smell and Imagination on the Condition of the Human Organism and Subjective Human Experience