The watery stuff in your mouth is called saliva. Saliva helps you swallow, but it can also be used to prep a spit ball.


The secretion from the salivary glands.

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

The secretion from the salivary glands.


Sa*li"va , n. [L.; cf. Gr. .] (Physiol.) The secretion from the salivary glands. &hand; 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 degestive fluid on account of the presence of the peculiar enzyme, ptyalin.

The secretion from the salivary glands.


Usage Examples

Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.

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Other Usage Examples

I was the first in my peer group to get pregnant. All I craved was reassurance. I needed someone to tell me that all the seemingly random symptoms I had - weird things, such as excess saliva - were normal. And I was worried because I wasn't getting any morning sickness.


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