sputum

noun spu·tum \ ˈspyü-təm , ˈspü- \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of sputum

plural sputa play \ˈspyü-tə, ˈspü-\ also sputums
: matter expectorated from the respiratory system and especially the lungs that is composed of mucus but may contain pus, blood, fibrin, or microorganisms (such as bacteria) in diseased states

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Origin and Etymology of sputum

Latin, from neuter of sputus, past participle of spuere to spit — more at spew


SPUTUM Defined for English Language Learners

sputum

Definition of sputum for English Language Learners

  • medical : a thick liquid that comes up from your lungs when you are sick


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sputum

noun spu·tum \ ˈsp(y)üt-əm \

medical Definition of sputum

plural sputa play \\
: matter expectorated from the respiratory system and especially the lungs in diseased states that is composed of mucus but may contain pus, blood, fibrin, or microorganisms (as bacteria)

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