Definitions of saliva

  1. 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
  2. The secretion from the salivary glands.
  3. Salivary.
  4. The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the SALIVARY GLANDS and mucous glands of the mouth. It contains MUCINS, water, organic salts, and ptylin.
  5. The watery fluid or spittle formed in the mouth.
  6. Spittle; a clear, tasteless, odorless, slightly alkaline, viscid fluid, consisting of the secretion from the parotid, sublingual, and submaxillary salivary glands and the mucous glands of the oral cavity; its function is to keep the mucous membrane of the mouth moist, to lubricate the food during mastication, and, in a measure, to convert starch into maltose, the latter action being effected by a diastatic enzyme, ptyalin.
  7. Secretion discharged in the mouth from salivary gland.
  8. The fluid which is secreted by the salivary glands, and which serves to moisten the mouth and tongue. The principal use of saliva is that of converting the starchy elements of the food into grape- sugar and dextrine. When discharged from the mouth it is called spittle. Saliva contains about 5 or 6 parts of solid matter to 995 or 994 of water, the chief ingredients being an organic matter named ptyalin and sulphocyanide of potassium. In its normal state its reaction is alkaline, but the degree of alkalinity varies, being greatest after meals. The parotid saliva is limpid, and serves to moisten the food in the process of mastication; the sub- maxillary and sub- lingual saliva is viscid, and is essential to deglutition and gustation.
  9. The moisture of the mouth; spittle.
  10. The fluid secreted by the glands of the mouth; spittle.
  11. The fluid secreted by the salivary glands, which serves to moisten the mouth.
  12. The frothy fluid which gathers in the mouth- discharged from the mouth, it is called spittle.
  13. A fluid secreted by the mouth glands, which aids mastication and is the first digestive juice to attack food.

Usage examples for saliva

  1. There is often great determination of blood to the head, which a mother may recognise by the cheeks being red, hot, and swollen; the eyes red, irritable, and watery; and the saliva running from the mouth profusely. – The Maternal Management of Children, in Health and Disease. by Thomas Bull, M.D.
  2. If we take too much drink with our meals, the flow of the saliva is checked, and digestion is hindered. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  3. They rubbed their eyes grievously, and spun round three times, if time had brought or left them the power so to spin; and they pulled an Irish halfpenny, with the harp on, from their pockets, and moistened it with saliva- which in English means spat on it- and then threw it into the pocket on the other side of body. – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  4. It is an Overfulness and Obstruction of those Glands and their Tubes, which are to furnish the Saliva or Spittle; and particularly of the two large Glands which lie between the Ear and the Jaw; which are called the Parotides; and of two under the Jaw, called the Maxillares. – Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
  5. Usually there is disturbed sleep, a slight fever, and greater flow of saliva; this is often relieved by letting the child have ice to bite, tied in a rag. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  6. " It will ruin this country just as sure as that," and the Major with great dexterity directed a stream of saliva which fell with unerring precision upon the small stone in the gravel walk at which it was evidently aimed. – Trumps by George William Curtis
  7. With a wet smoker the saliva might have drained back, said Malcolm Sage, his eyes upon the stain, but this is nicotine from higher up the stem, which would take time to flow out. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  8. They take a leaf, smear it with the lime paste, which is intended to increase the saliva, and then wrap it around the powder of the betel nut. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  9. The belly is hard and painful, and in the morning there is a copious flow of saliva, and an uncommon craving for dry food. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  10. There is generally a considerable flow of saliva, and he has frequently a more loose state of bowels than is his wont. – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  11. The mouth tastes food dissolved in the saliva during the process of mastication, and the primary use of the sense of smell is to detect and analyse beforehand the small particles given off by food and floating in the atmosphere. – Concerning Animals and Other Matters by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  12. He made droll grimaces, the pain was so bad, and the saliva ran out of his mouth. – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  13. He makes one for each word I utter, as if he were a mechanical toy pulled by a string; when he is seated before me on the ground, he limits himself to a duck of the head- always accompanied by the same hissing noise of the saliva. – Madame Chrysantheme Complete by Pierre Loti Last Updated: March 4, 2009
  14. The jaws were extended toward the prostrate body, were but inches removed from it, dripped their saliva upon the soddened skirt- when I bent forward, and at a range of some ten inches emptied the remaining three loaded chambers of my revolver into the creature's left eye! – The Quest of the Sacred Slipper by Sax Rohmer
  15. She plucked a cigarette from his lips, dragged on it, and put it back into his mouth, still damp with her saliva, an act that sent a shiver down Alan's neck and made the hair on the backs of his hands stand up. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow