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Etymology of saliva

Posted by Johannes on 20 March 2011

Origin of the word saliva.

The word saliva comes from the Latin saliva (spittle), from the Greek sialon (saliva, spittle; Gr: σίαλον).
From the same root:
English: salivation, salivary, salivate
French: salive, salivation, salivaire


In modern Greek (Romeika):
a) salio or sialos or sielos: saliva [Gr: σάλιο or σίαλος or σίελος]
b) sielogonos: salivary [Gr: σιελογόνος]
c) sielorrhea: salivation [Gr: σιελόρροια]
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