One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive salivation; an instance of this. Also: any condition characterized by excessive salivation, especially that produced by the medicinal administration of mercury (now historical).
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.
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