saliva etymology

English word saliva comes from English -ant

Detailed word origin of saliva

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ant English (eng) (nowadays, sciences, chiefly, medicine) The agent noun derived from verb.. (uncommon) An adjective derived from a verb.. An adjective corresponding to a noun in -ance.
saliva Latin (lat) Spittle, saliva.
saliva English (eng) (physiology) A clear, slightly alkaline liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands, consisting of water, mucin, protein, and enzymes. It moistens the mouth, lubricates ingested food, and begins the breakdown of starches.