aspirate

noun
as·pi·rate | \ˈas-p(ə-)rət \

Definition of aspirate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an independent sound \h\ or a character (such as the letter h) representing it

2 : a consonant having aspiration as its final component in English the \p\ of pit is an aspirate

3 : material removed by aspiration

aspirate

verb
as·pi·rate | \ˈas-pə-ˌrāt \
aspirated; aspirating

Definition of aspirate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to pronounce (a vowel or a consonant) with aspiration (see aspiration sense 3a)

2a : to draw by suction

b : to remove (something such as blood) by aspiration

c : to take into the lungs by aspiration

Examples of aspirate in a Sentence

Noun

The word “hour” is not pronounced with an aspirate.

Verb

The letter “h” in “house” is aspirated, but the “h” in “hour” is not. She began coughing when she aspirated some orange juice.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to veterinary oncologists, a fine needle aspirate to see what kinds of cells it’s made of is almost always in order in these cases. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Most lumps are nothing serious, but don't take a chance. Call the vet.," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Kicks is powered by a 1.6-liter, normally aspirated four that develops 125 horsepower. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Nissan's Kicks is a cute, useful hatchback, not a crossover," 5 July 2018 View 40 Photos Most Altimas, however, will be powered by a heavily revised, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, "2019 Nissan Altima: New Engines and All-Wheel Drive," 29 Mar. 2018 Those two moves dealt with a problem called dead volume, and essentially making the cups smaller made the needle that went in the blood and aspirated the blood closer to the bottom, and diluting the blood created more volume. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: WSJ investigative journalist John Carreyrou on Recode Decode," 3 June 2018 When the pipette is brand new, aspirating 5 microliters of blood might require the little motor that activates the pipette’s pump to rotate by a certain amount. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018 Oh, and listen for the 9000-rpm, naturally aspirated flat-six. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Weissach Package Lightens 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Your Bank Account," 28 Mar. 2018 Other engines are available, including a plug-in hybrid, but only the 3.0L twin-turbo and a 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 are available in the Platinum trim CT6es, which are the only models to get Super Cruise. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Cadillac CT6 review: Super Cruise is a game-changer," 22 Feb. 2018 All that protects us from aspirating is a thin, cartilaginous flap of tissue called the epiglottis. Douglas Jacobs, Washington Post, "Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible," 7 Mar. 2018 So to reach the ovaries, scientists need to use a special tool with an ultrasound probe and needle at the end to aspirate the egg cells. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Inside the high-tech plot to save the northern white rhino from extinction," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of aspirate

Noun

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aspirate

Verb

Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare

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aspirate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aspirate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

linguistics : the sound of the letter “h”

aspirate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of aspirate (Entry 2 of 2)

linguistics : to pronounce (a letter or word) with the sound of a breath or the letter “h”

medical : to remove (liquid) from a person's body

medical : to breathe (liquid, food, etc.) into your lungs

aspirate

transitive verb
as·pi·rate | \ˈas-pə-ˌrāt \
aspirated; aspirating

Medical Definition of aspirate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to draw by suction

2 : to remove (as blood) by aspiration the portal vein is exposed and blood is aspirated with a 50-ml. syringeBiological Abstracts

3 : inhale aspirated material into the respiratory tractAnesthesia Digest

aspirate

noun
as·pi·rate | \ˈas-p(ə-)ret \

Medical Definition of aspirate (Entry 2 of 2)

: material removed by aspiration

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