Meaning of saliva

sa•li•va

Pronunciation: (su-lī'vu), [key]
— n.
  1. a viscid, watery fluid, secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands, that functions in the tasting, chewing, and swallowing of food, moistens the mouth, and starts the digestion of starches.
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