the thin, watery, slightly viscid fluid secreted by the salivary glands: it serves as an aid to swallowing and digestion by moistening and softening food, and contains enzymes which convert starch to dextrin and maltose
Origin of salivaL: see salicin
The watery mixture of secretions from the salivary and oral mucous glands that lubricates chewed food, moistens the oral walls, and contains ptyalin.
Origin of salivaLatin salīva
(countable and uncountable, plural salivas or salivae or salivÃ¦)