How Do You Spell SALIVA?
Correct spelling for the English word "saliva" is [salˈa͡ɪvə], [salˈaɪvə], [s_a_l_ˈaɪ_v_ə]] (IPA phonetic alphabet).
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Plural form of SALIVA is SALIVAS
Definition of SALIVA
[Latin] A digestive fluid secreted in the mouth by the parotid, sublingual, and submaxillary glands; a clear alkaline fluid, of sp. Gr. of 1.002-1.006, containing 5 per cent, of dissolved solids(globulin, serum-albumin, mucin, salts including potassium thiocyanate and frequently toxins) and various suspended constituents(epithelial scales, leucocytes). The s. of the parotid gland(Parotid s.) contains no mucin nor suspended matter. The s. secreted by the submaxillary gland(Submaxillary s.) is more viscid and turbid than parotid s.; this being especially pronounced in the variety produced by stimulating the sympathetic nerves(Sympathetic s.), less marked in the variety produced by stimulating the chorda tympani(Chorda s.). Sublingual s., produced by the sublingual gland, is still more viscid: S. softens and moistens the food and so assists mastication and converts starch by means of a ferment(ptyalin) into maltose, a small quantity of glucose and dextrin being formed at the same time.