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