Definition of sialagogue in US English:

sialagogue

noun

Medicine
  • A drug that promotes the secretion of saliva.

    • ‘The use of chloral hydrate should be avoided in studies exploring the in vivo responses to sialagogues.’
    • ‘It is used as a stimulant in languid states of the system, and as a sialagogue in paralysis of the tongue and mouth.’
    • ‘The use of sialogogues in an obstructed or acutely inflamed gland may actually temporarily increase the amount of pain.’
    • ‘Treatment is simple and includes resting the voice, along with warm sialogogues for symptom relief.’
    • ‘By its sialagogue and stimulant effects upon the gastric membranes it promotes digestion.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French, from Greek sialon ‘saliva’ + agōgos ‘leading’.

Pronunciation

sialagogue

/sīˈaləˌɡäɡ/