noun \ˈspyü-təm, ˈspü-\

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

plural spu·ta \-tə\

Full Definition of SPUTUM

:  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


noun \ˈsp(y)üt-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural spu·ta \-ə\

Medical Definition of SPUTUM

: 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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