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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Many people resort to sucking on candy or mints to increase saliva, yet that puts teeth at risk for decay.
▪ One study suggests it may be spread in saliva.
▪ She untied the knots and removed the saliva sodden strip of cushion covering from his mouth.
▪ The rabies virus is transmitted in saliva when one animal bites another.
▪ They employ their poisonous saliva primarily as a weapon against their prey.
▪ This was thought to be due to the lack of the acid neutralising effect of the saliva.
▪ Two tissues discovered in the vicinity showed traces of her mucus and her saliva.
▪ You know how birds use saliva as a glue to hold together their nests?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Saliva \Sa*li"va\, n. [L.; cf. Gr. ?.] (Physiol.) The secretion from the salivary glands.

Note: In man the saliva is a more or less turbid and slighty viscid fluid, generally of an alkaline reaction, and is secreted by the parotid, submaxillary, and sublingual glands. In the mouth the saliva is mixed with the secretion from the buccal glands. The secretions from the individual salivary glands have their own special characteristics, and these are not the same in all animals. In man and many animals mixed saliva, i.e., saliva composed of the secretions of all three of the salivary glands, is an important digestive fluid on account of the presence of the peculiar enzyme, ptyalin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Middle French salive, from Latin saliva "spittle," of unknown origin (perhaps, as Tucker suggests, somehow derived from the base of sallow (adj.)).


n. (context physiology English) A clear, slightly alkaline liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands, consisting of water, mucin, protein, and enzymes. It moistens the mouth, lubricates ingested food, and begins the breakdown of starches.


n. 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 [syn: spit, spittle]


Saliva is a watery substance formed in the mouths of humans and animals, secreted by the salivary glands. Human saliva comprises 99.5% water, plus electrolytes, mucus, white blood cells, epithelial cells (which can be used to extract DNA), glycoproteins, enzymes (such as amylase), antimicrobial agents such as secretory IgA and lysozyme. The enzymes found in saliva are essential in beginning the process of digestion of dietary starches and fats. These enzymes also play a role in breaking down food particles entrapped within dental crevices, thus protecting teeth from bacterial decay. Furthermore, saliva serves a lubricative function, wetting food and permitting the initiation of swallowing, and protecting the mucosal surfaces of the oral cavity from desiccation.

Various animal species have special uses for saliva that go beyond pre-digestion. Some swifts use their gummy saliva to build nests. Aerodramus nests form the basis of bird's nest soup. Cobras, vipers, and certain other members of the venom clade hunt with venomous saliva injected by fangs. Some arthropods, such as spiders and caterpillars, produce thread from salivary glands.

Saliva (band)

Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, through Rockingchair Records, a record label owned and operated by Mark Yoshida, who recorded and produced the release at his studio, Rockingchair Studios.

They were signed to Island Records and went on to release their second studio album Every Six Seconds. Saliva later released their third studio album titled Back into Your System on November 12, 2002 which reached No. 19 on the Billboard 200. Back into Your System launched one of Saliva's most successful songs, " Always", reaching No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Modern Rock Chart. Three years after Survival of the Sickest, Saliva released Blood Stained Love Story on January 23, 2007, repeating Back into Your System's chart performance at No. 19 on the Billboard 200. Its first single, " Ladies and Gentlemen", peaked at No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.

Saliva (disambiguation)

The term "saliva" may refer to:

  • Saliva, spittle
  • Saliva (band), an American alternative hard rock band
    • Saliva (album), the band's debut album
  • Səliva, a village in Azerbaijan
  • Saliba language (also referred to as Sáliva), an indigenous Colombian language
Saliva (album)

Saliva is Saliva's debut album. It would be their only studio album for over four years until Every Six Seconds would be released in 2001. The album was recorded in 1996 and first released on Rocking Chair Records on August 26, 1997, with a black cover. It was later re-released in 2003 on Red Urban Records with the "face" cover.

"800" was the only single and later appeared on the Resident Evil soundtrack in a darker remix.

"Beg" and "Greater Than Less Than" were re-recorded for their major label debut album Every Six Seconds.

"Pin Cushion" appeared on the original soundtrack of the Canadian werewolf horror film Ginger Snaps.

Usage examples of "saliva".

North Africa were so resistant to snake bites and scorpion stings that their saliva was considered a highly effective antivenin, and they were drafted for every campaign the Romans ever conducted on the African continent.

Teeth, 100 Bones, 130 Cartilage, 550 Muscles, 750 Ligaments, 768 Brain, 789 Blood, 795 Synovial fluid, 805 Bile, 880 Milk, 887 Pancreatic juice, 900 Urine, 936 Lymph, 960 Gastric juice, 975 Perspiration, 986 Saliva, 995 THE NATURAL DRINK OF MAN.

Bubbles of Persil saliva were frothing from his lips and his eyes were rolling in his head, unable to focus on anything other than a middle distance he could never have reached.

Seized in ecstatic trance, he wet his fingers with a freshened mix of blood and saliva, then reanointed the copper weight.

Numbers of gametocytes in the blood of carriers, which determines the number of sporozoites in the mosquito saliva to reinfect people.

He spit smoking saliva on the pavement, returned my look slantwise and said nothing.

Mucus and saliva streamed from his nose, joining the flood of debris and liquids vanishing into the duct.

The saliva is composed of four elementary secretions, derived respectively, from the mucous follicles of the mouth, and the parotid, the submaxillary, and the sublingual glands.

The disease in short arm hath a gimmick for going places unlike certain unfortunate viruses who are fated to languish unconsummate in the guts of a tick or a jungle mosquito, or the saliva of a dying jackal slobbering silver under the desert moon.

Now he carefully unwraps the rawhide that binds the spear head into his old haft, and for want of water to moisten it, crams the whole unfragrant mass into his mouth that it may be softened by warmth and saliva.

Our canteens were dry, but the loaves and cakes in a bakeshop wet my mouth with saliva.

I figured the killer for an organized offender who washed the saliva out of his bites to prevent recovery of DNA evidence.

The animals strained against the leashed collars, trying to creep forward, their eyes blazing, saliva loose and dripping from their jaws, the wet fangs shining in the firelight.

Their grisly arms extended, their yellow fingernails glinting in the sunlight, their thin lips quivering in anticipation of their next meal, saliva pouring from their mouths, they advanced on the Technics, row after ravenous row, undeterred even when an arm or leg was shattered by a dumdum bullet.

AFI were testing mycoherbicides genetically engineered to be plant specific on Cannabis saliva on the coast, and on Erythroxylon coca in the mountains.