Meaning of saliva in English:


Pronunciation /səˈlʌɪvə/

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mass noun
  • Watery liquid secreted into the mouth by glands, providing lubrication for chewing and swallowing, and aiding digestion.

    ‘The total daily flow of saliva from all the salivary glands is around 600 ml.’
    • ‘When the food doesn't go down, the mouth produces more saliva to try and lubricate everything into submission.’
    • ‘The flu virus is usually spread in the small droplets of saliva coughed or sneezed into the atmosphere by an infected person.’
    • ‘I let out a dry wheeze and reach to wipe the spit and saliva away from my mouth.’
    • ‘Occasionally people are infected through bodily fluids such as saliva, but this is rare.’
    • ‘Once the sugary foods have gone from the mouth salts from your saliva act to repair the damaged enamel.’
    • ‘For the first few days you may produce more saliva than usual, and need to swallow more often.’
    • ‘I struggled to take long deep breaths and bit hard on the sides of my tongue to bring saliva into my mouth.’
    • ‘They were provided with a plastic container and asked to provide 2 ml of saliva by expectoration.’
    • ‘Avoiding refined sugars between meals gives your teeth a chance to be remineralised by saliva.’
    • ‘Rabies is mainly transmitted in saliva during a bite from an infected animal.’
    • ‘His lower lip was slack and a dribble of saliva appeared at the corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘My throat was dry and my mouth was filled with a thick, sticky saliva.’
    • ‘I rolled a pebble round and round inside my mouth, gathering a small pool of saliva, until that too dried up.’
    • ‘She turned around only to see a whole pack of wolves standing there, saliva dripping from their open mouths.’
    spit, spittle, dribble, drool, slaver, slobber, sputum
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Late Middle English from Latin.