expectorate

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

Definition of expectorate

expectorated

;

expectorating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

  3. 2 :  spit

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to discharge matter from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

  6. 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


Medical Dictionary

expectorate

play
verb ex·pec·to·rate \-tə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of expectorate

expectorated

;

expectorating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

  4. 2:  spit

  5. 1

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to discharge matter from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting

  8. 2:  spit

Learn More about expectorate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up expectorate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a severe test

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!