sputum

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noun spu·tum \ˈspyü-təm, ˈspü-\

Definition of sputum

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sputa

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sputums

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of sputum

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


First Known Use: circa 1693


SPUTUM Defined for English Language Learners

sputum

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Definition of sputum for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

sputum

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noun spu·tum \ˈsp(y)üt-əm\

Medical Definition of sputum

plural

sputa

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  1. :  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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