projectile vomiting

projectile vom·​it·​ing | \ -ˈvä-mə-tiŋ How to pronounce projectile vomiting (audio) \

Definition of projectile vomiting

: vomiting that is sudden and so vigorous that the vomitus is forcefully projected to a distance

Examples of projectile vomiting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This gull-like bird is capable of projectile vomiting a foul-smelling substance to ward off predators. Barry Neild, CNN, 7 Jan. 2022 The ballooning dogs expelled air from their bowels; this led frequently—and simultaneously—to defecation, urination, and projectile vomiting. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 At any moment, his head might have spun around, snot bubbles forming, attendant with projectile vomiting. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 High in the Russian Arctic, in the chilly waters straddling the Kara and Laptev, an 84-billion-ton island ice cap is projectile vomiting into the sea. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 23 Dec. 2019 Two favorite examples: Paula Radcliffe in 2005 demonstrating that Porta-Potties are for suckers, and Bob Kempainen projectile vomiting at mile 22 of the 1996 Olympic Marathon Trials while hardly breaking his stride. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2018 There’s projectile vomit that leads to a car accident and some slinking in and out of hotel rooms and a bit of breakdancing, and in the end, everyone learns a valuable lesson about loving yourself and growing up. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, 5 Apr. 2018 In 2010, police arrested a Phillies fan for purposefully projectile vomiting on an 11-year-old girl and her father during a game. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 21 Jan. 2018 And at the mere suggestion of an affair between them, everyone instantly projectile vomits in disgust. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of projectile vomiting

1850, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Projectile vomiting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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projectile vomiting

pro·​jec·​tile vomiting | \ prə-ˈjek-tᵊl-, -ˌtīl- How to pronounce projectile vomiting (audio) \

Medical Definition of projectile vomiting

: vomiting that is sudden, usually without nausea, and so vigorous that the vomit is forcefully projected to a distance


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