Origin of salivaL: see salicin
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
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¦)
- Venom replaced saliva and his jaw began to ache.
- Her face felt hot and cold by turns and she didn't have enough saliva to swallow.
- This causes the entire skin to become dry - as in the case of the local action above mentioned; and it arrests the secretion of saliva and mucus in the mouth and throat, causing these parts to become very dry and to feel very uncomfortable.
- When there is a man on one of them, if the beast is tired and urged to go on, he turns his head round, and discharges his saliva, which has an un pleasant odour, into the rider's face.
- Cannabis), an annual herb (Cannabis saliva) having angular rough stems and alternate deeply lobed leaves.