expectorant

noun
ex·​pec·​to·​rant | \ ik-ˈspek-t(ə-)rənt How to pronounce expectorant (audio) \

Definition of expectorant

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

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Other Words from expectorant

expectorant adjective

Examples of expectorant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dover’s Powder was a cold drug with the active ingredients of an expectorant, opium and morphine. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1918, a deadly outbreak of influenza reached Anchorage. Here’s how Alaskans responded," 19 Apr. 2020 For the power of meds and the calming feeling of honey, this formula is the only one that combines a cough suppressant (dextromethorphan), a cough expectorant (guaifenesin) and 19% natural grade A honey. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Here's How to Find Out," 16 Oct. 2019 An excellent expectorant, antispasmodic, and cough suppressant, a tea of hyssop can be used to quell the symptoms of almost any respiratory ailment. Sunset, "Top 10 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home," 22 Jan. 2018 Honestly, the act of sitting around spitting brown expectorant into a bottle is just as obnoxious as smoking. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Guy’s lies lead straight to the gym," 10 June 2018 Honestly, the act of sitting around spitting brown expectorant into a bottle is just as obnoxious as smoking. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Guy's lies lead straight to the gym," 10 June 2018 The piney-tasting pinene terpene—said to be a bronchodilator good for those with asthma that can be used as an expectorant and to increase alertness—also factors into that brew. Kathryn Romeyn, Vogue, "Cannabis Terpene Cocktails—Healthy and . . . Herbal," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of expectorant

1782, in the meaning defined above

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“Expectorant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expectorant. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for expectorant

expectorant

adjective
ex·​pec·​to·​rant | \ ik-ˈspek-t(ə-)rənt How to pronounce expectorant (audio) \

Medical Definition of expectorant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the activity of an expectorant

expectorant

noun

Medical Definition of expectorant (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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