saliva substitute

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saliva substitute

sa·li·va sub·sti·tute

(să-lī'vă sŭb'sti-tūt)
Artificial saliva is formulated to mimic natural saliva, but does not stimulate salivary gland activity. Commercially available products come in a variety of formulations including solutions, sprays, gels, and lozenges. Used to treat xerostomia (dry mouth).
Synonym(s): artificial saliva.


(sub'sti-toot?, -tut?) [L. substitutus, put in the place of]
Something that may be used in place of another.

blood substitute

An oxygen-carrying fluid that can be used in place of human blood products for transfusion therapy. Candidate substances that have been investigated for this purpose include polymerized hemoglobin and fluorinated hydrocarbons.
Synonym: red blood cell substitute

dairy food substitute

A food resembling an existing dairy food in taste and appearance but differing in composition from the dairy food for which it is substituted.

fat substitute

Fat replacement.

protein substitute

A dietary protein source altered to remove an undesirable amino acid that may have adverse effects on a patient unable to metabolize that amino acid. For example, in phenylketonuria, protein substitutes without phenylalanine can be added to the diet to allow normal growth and development of affected children.

red blood cell substitute

Blood substitute.

saliva substitute

Artificial saliva.
References in periodicals archive ?
The present saliva substitutes are intended to act as a replacement of the mucoadhesive, lubricative and protective function of the natural saliva.
Artificial tears (such as Tears Naturale Free and Bion Tears) combat dry eyes, and saliva substitutes (such as Glandosane, Moi-Stir, and Salivart) combat dry mouth.
Before Salagen(R), treatment was limited to topical options, such as drops for the eyes and saliva substitutes for the mouth, which needed frequent applications.