One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘Occasionally people are infected through bodily fluids such as saliva, but this is rare.’
- ‘I struggled to take long deep breaths and bit hard on the sides of my tongue to bring saliva into my mouth.’
- ‘My throat was dry and my mouth was filled with a thick, sticky saliva.’
- ‘I let out a dry wheeze and reach to wipe the spit and saliva away from my mouth.’
- ‘The total daily flow of saliva from all the salivary glands is around 600 ml.’
- ‘His lower lip was slack and a dribble of saliva appeared at the corner of his mouth.’
- ‘They were provided with a plastic container and asked to provide 2 ml of saliva by expectoration.’
- ‘I rolled a pebble round and round inside my mouth, gathering a small pool of saliva, until that too dried up.’
- ‘Avoiding refined sugars between meals gives your teeth a chance to be remineralised by saliva.’
- ‘She turned around only to see a whole pack of wolves standing there, saliva dripping from their open mouths.’
- ‘Rabies is mainly transmitted in saliva during a bite from an infected animal.’
- ‘For the first few days you may produce more saliva than usual, and need to swallow more often.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Once the sugary foods have gone from the mouth salts from your saliva act to repair the damaged enamel.’
Late Middle English: from Latin.
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