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noun as in spit

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The tests we’d use are paper strips that require only a saliva sample.

This isn’t the first test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in saliva, which is easier to collect than samples from nasal passages.

In contrast, the UIUC website says that typical saliva test results are available within five hours.

From Fortune

As methods became available for measuring cortisol from samples of saliva — rather than having to collect blood or urine — Gunnar set out to study how the HPA axis influences the brain and behavior in humans.

Before and after these tasks, researchers collected saliva from each child to measure cortisol levels.

Despite the protests of AIDS activists that saliva alone could not transmit the illness, kissing became an industry controversy.

We spit our saliva into our spit kits after forgoing food for an hour before.

The simple act of extra chewing will help create additional saliva which can aid in digestion.

A few of them spat brown saliva into the dust in front of them and then cleaned their mouths with the ends of their turbans.

As they rip into the slabs, saliva, sand, and sweat begin seasoning the meat.

The mouth is still more ugly without the lip-piece, the teeth appearing, and saliva running through.

It acts also upon the secretions—the saliva, milk and bile— which often become actually poisoned.

Saliva, like tears, had creative and therefore curative qualities; it also expelled and injured demons and brought good luck.

The digestion or change of starch to grape sugar is caused by the presence in the saliva of an enzyme, or digestive ferment.

Careful tests of the starch paste and of the saliva made separately will usually show no grape sugar in either.


On this page you'll find 9 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to saliva, such as: dribble, drool, froth, slaver, slobber, and spittle.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.