expectorant

noun

ex·​pec·​to·​rant ik-ˈspek-t(ə-)rənt How to pronounce expectorant (audio)
: an agent that promotes the discharge or expulsion of mucus from the respiratory tract
broadly : an antitussive agent
expectorant adjective

Examples of expectorant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hot drinks, humidifiers, some herbal products, and medications like expectorants can all be helpful for chest congestion. Amanda Gardner, Health, 3 Sep. 2023 Pleurisy root is traditionally used as an expectorant to help relieve coughs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 The active ingredient is eucalyptus, which is a natural expectorant that helps to loosen mucus, which can ease coughing, open nasal passages, and soothe a sore throat. Jeannette Moninger, Parents, 23 June 2023 Cold medications are typically made up of multiple ingredients, including pain relievers, nasal decongestants and cough suppressants or expectorants. Macarius Mwinisungee Donneyong, Fortune Well, 21 Apr. 2023 Cough suppressants, expectorants, and antihistamines are generally thought to be safe. Debra Manzella, Verywell Health, 28 Feb. 2023 According to the National Library of Medicine, asafoetida has been used as a cough expectorant, an anti-spasmodic and to kill parasites or worms. Shalbha Sarda, CNN, 11 Jan. 2023 Therapeutic uses range from antiseptic, expectorant, stimulant, and tonic [1]. Alice Chi Phung, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2014 Licorice root is traditionally used as an expectorant to help relieve coughs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of expectorant was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Expectorant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expectorant. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

expectorant

noun
ex·​pec·​to·​rant ik-ˈspek-t(ə-)rənt How to pronounce expectorant (audio)
: an agent that promotes the discharge of mucus from the respiratory tract
expectorant adjective

Medical Definition

expectorant

1 of 2 adjective
ex·​pec·​to·​rant ik-ˈspek-t(ə-)rənt How to pronounce expectorant (audio)
: having the activity of an expectorant

expectorant

2 of 2 noun
: an agent that promotes the discharge or expulsion of mucus from the respiratory tract
broadly : antitussive

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