expectorate

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verb ex·pec·to·rate \-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 \-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


First Known Use: 1601


Medical Dictionary

expectorate

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verb ex·pec·to·rate \-tə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of expectorate

expectorated

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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


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