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Meaning of SALIVA

Pronunciation:  su'lIvu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches

SALIVA is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: spit, spittle
 See Also: dribble, drivel, drool, ptyalin, salivary gland, secretion, slobber, tobacco juice



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sa*li"va\, n. [L.; cf. Gr. ?.] (Physiol.)
The secretion from the salivary glands.

Note: In man the saliva is a more or less turbid and slighty
      viscid fluid, generally of an alkaline reaction, and is
      secreted by the parotid, submaxillary, and sublingual
      glands. In the mouth the saliva is mixed with the
      secretion from the buccal glands. The secretions from
      the individual salivary glands have their own special
      characteristics, and these are not the same in all
      animals. In man and many animals mixed saliva, i.e.,
      saliva composed of the secretions of all three of the
      salivary glands, is an important digestive fluid on
      account of the presence of the peculiar enzyme,

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: mixture of water, protein, and salts that makes food easy to swallow; begins digestion.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing saliva in your dream, symbolizes sexual/sensual appetites or some creative energy. Dreaming that you are spitting out your saliva, implies that you are having some anxieties about losing control, either physically or emotionally. Seeing the saliva of an animal in your dream indicates intense feelings of anger and rage.