Definition of “saliva” - English Dictionary


“saliva” in English

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salivanoun [ U ]

uk /səˈlaɪ.və/ us /səˈlaɪ.və/

Examples from literature

  • A healthy person makes between one and two liters of saliva every 24 hours. 
  • And saliva is good at fighting germs, too. 
  • Babies drool because they can't keep saliva in their mouths. 
  • But it’s not good to spit out your saliva in public. 
  • One way of finding the surface is to see which way your saliva falls. 
  • So babies make a lot of saliva to keep their gums wet. 
  • Some birds called swifts use saliva to build their nests. 
  • The birds make the nest with their saliva. 
  • The saliva of Komodo dragons is full of bad bacteria. 
  • You really don’t want to go near a Komodo dragon or its saliva. 

(Definition of “saliva” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“saliva” in American English

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salivanoun [ U ]

us /səˈlɑɪ·və/

biology the natural, watery liquid in the mouth that keeps it wet and helps prepare food for digestion

(Definition of “saliva” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)