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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.
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Quotes of saliva

  1. Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time. – George Carlin
  2. The first kiss I had was the most disgusting thing in my life. The girl injected about a pound of saliva into my mouth, and when I walked away I had to spit it all out. – Leonardo DiCaprio
  3. Edible substances evoke the secretion of thick, concentrated saliva Why? The answer, obviously, is that this enables the mass of food to pass smoothly through the tube leading from the mouth into the stomach. – Ivan Pavlov
  4. Rumors of sneezing, kissing, tears, sweat, and saliva spreading AIDS caused people to panic. – Ryan White

Usage examples for saliva

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. These are saucer- shaped structures, composed of feathers, straw and other materials made to adhere together, and to the beam or stone to which the nest is attached, by the glutinous saliva of the swifts. –  by
  9. 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
  10. " 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
  11. He began to choke on his saliva – Corpus of a Siam Mosquito by Steven Sills
  12. 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
  13. The odor is rather unpleasant, the taste sweetish and then acrid, nauseous, persistent, exciting the saliva and irritating the fauces. – The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by T. H. Pardo de Tavera
  14. In most cases there is a discharge of saliva from the mouth; the animal coughs frequently, and when it drinks the water is soon ejected. – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  15. 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)
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Just so; you've got a mouthful of choice abominations, which will cost you much waste of saliva several shivers, and the whole piece of tobacco you were about to enjoy. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  19. 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
  20. 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

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