expectorate

verb ex·pec·to·rate \ ik-ˈspek-tə-ˌrāt \

Definition of expectorate

expectorated; expectorating
transitive verb
1 : to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting
2 : spit
intransitive verb
1 : to discharge matter from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting
2 : spit

expectoration

play \ik-ˌspek-tə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

Origin and Etymology of expectorate

Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare to banish from the mind (taken to mean literally "to expel from the chest"), from ex- + pector-, pectus breast, soul — more at pectoral


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expectorate

verb ex·pec·to·rate \ -tə-ˌrāt \

medical Definition of expectorate

expectorated; expectorating
transitive verb
1 : to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting
2 : spit
intransitive verb
1 : to discharge matter from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting
2 : spit

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