salivant sal·i·vant (sāl’ə-vānt’, -vənt)
Causing or producing a flow of saliva. n.
An agent that increases the flow of saliva.
noun 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. noun 1. the secretion of salivary glands, consisting of a clear usually slightly acid aqueous fluid of variable composition. It moistens the […]
noun 1. ptyalin. noun, Biochemistry. 1. an enzyme in the saliva that converts starch into dextrin and maltose. noun 1. (biochem) an amylase secreted in the saliva of man and other animals ptyalin pty·a·lin (tī’ə-lĭn) n. An amylase present in saliva that catalyzes the hydrolysis of starch into maltose and dextrin. ptyalin (tī’ə-lĭn) An enzyme […]
- Salivary digestion
salivary digestion n. Conversion of starch into sugar by the action of salivary amylase.
- Salivary duct
salivary duct n. An intralobular duct found in salivary glands and involved in the production and transport of their secretions. Also called secretory duct.