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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Saliva  \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, 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  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  [syn:  {spit},  {spittle}] 

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