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sputum

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noun spu·tum \ˈspyü-təm, ˈspü-\

Simple Definition of sputum

  • medical : a thick liquid that comes up from your lungs when you are sick

Full Definition of sputum

plural spu·ta play \-tə\

  1. :  expectorated matter especially from the air passages in diseases of the lungs, bronchi, or upper respiratory tract

Origin of sputum

Latin, from neuter of sputus, past participle of spuere to spit — more at spew


First Known Use: circa 1693

Rhymes with sputum


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sputum

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noun spu·tum \ˈsp(y)üt-əm\

Medical Definition of sputum

plural spu·ta \-ə\play

  1. :  matter expectorated from the respiratory system and especially the lungs and bronchi in diseased states that is composed chiefly of mucus but may contain pus, blood, fibrin, or microorganisms (as bacteria)




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