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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sputum

plural sputa 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 sputa \-ə\play

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




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