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[sal-uh-veyt] /ˈsæl əˌveɪt/
verb (used without object), salivated, salivating.
to produce saliva.
verb (used with object), salivated, salivating.
to produce an excessive secretion of saliva in, as by mercurial poisoning.
Origin of salivate
1650-60; < Latin salīvātus (past participle of salīvāre to cause to salivate); see saliva, -ate1
Related forms
unsalivated, adjective
unsalivating, adjective Unabridged
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(intransitive) to secrete saliva, esp an excessive amount
(transitive) to cause (a laboratory animal, etc) to produce saliva, as by the administration of mercury
Derived Forms
salivation, noun
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Word Origin and History for salivate

1650s, "cause to produce saliva;" intransitive sense from 1680s, from Latin salivatus, past participle of salivare, from saliva (see saliva). Figurative use in reference to anticipation by 1965. Related: Salivated; salivating.

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salivate in Medicine

salivate sal·i·vate (sāl'ə-vāt')
v. sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing, sal·i·vates

  1. To secrete or produce saliva.

  2. To produce excessive salivation in.

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