he·​mop·​ty·​sis | \ hi-ˈmäp-tə-səs How to pronounce hemoptysis (audio) \

Definition of hemoptysis

: expectoration of blood from some part of the respiratory tract

Examples of hemoptysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Again, any type of viral or bacterial pneumonia can cause hemoptysis—not only pneumonia caused by COVID-19. Leah Groth, Health.com, "Coronavirus May Cause Some People to Cough Up Blood—Here's Why, According to Doctors," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hemoptysis

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hemoptysis

New Latin, from hem- + Greek ptysis act of spitting, from ptyein to spit — more at spew

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The first known use of hemoptysis was in 1646

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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hemoptysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemoptysis. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British haemoptysis \ hi-​ˈmäp-​tə-​səs How to pronounce haemoptysis (audio) \
plural hemoptyses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hemoptyses (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemoptysis

: expectoration of blood from some part of the respiratory tract

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