Definition of ptyalism in English:

ptyalism

noun

Medicine
  • Excessive salivation; an instance of this. Also: any condition characterized by excessive salivation, especially that produced by the medicinal administration of mercury (now historical).

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Locke (1632–1704), philosopher. From post-classical Latin ptyalismus from ancient Greek πτυαλισμός salivation from πτυαλίζειν to salivate (from πτύαλον spittle, saliva + -ίζειν) + -ισμός.

Pronunciation

ptyalism

/ˈtʌɪəlɪz(ə)m/