Definition of Expectorate

1. Verb. Clear out the chest and lungs. "This drug expectorates quickly"

Exact synonyms: Clear Out, Drive Out
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw



2. Verb. Discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth.
Exact synonyms: Cough Out, Cough Up, Spit Out, Spit Up
Specialized synonyms: Cough, Ptyalise, Ptyalize, Spew, Spit, Spue, Spit Out, Splutter, Sputter
Generic synonyms: Discharge, Eject, Exhaust, Expel, Release
Derivative terms: Expectoration, Expectoration, Expectorator

Definition of Expectorate

1. v. t. To eject from the trachea or lungs; to discharge, as phlegm or other matter, by coughing, hawking, and spitting; to spit forth.

2. v. i. To discharge matter from the lungs or throat by hawking and spitting; to spit.

Definition of Expectorate

1. Verb. To cough up fluid from the lungs. ¹

2. Verb. To spit. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Expectorate

1. [v -RATED, -RATING, -RATES]

Medical Definition of Expectorate

1. To spit; to eject saliva, mucus, or other fluid from the mouth. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Expectorate

expected
expected date of confinement
expected value
expectedly
expectedness
expectednesses
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expectest
expecteth
expecting
expectingly
expective
expectorant
expectorants
expectorate (current term)
expectorated
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Literary usage of Expectorate

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1. Philadelphia Medical Times (1882)
"He does not expectorate anything. Besides these symptoms there is loss of appetite and of flesh. Now, gentlemen, what ails this man? ..."

2. A Mandarin-Romanized Dictionary of Chinese: Including New Terms and Phrases by Donald MacGillivray (1921)
"... mm to expectorate phlegm (k«o* soa*). to bud or open slightly (as flowers). an emetic. rabbits or hares. R. 218. Mr. Hare, ie, in the moon. the anemone. ..."

3. Keynotes and characteristics with comparisons of some of the leading by Henry Clay Allen (1899)
"especially in " old topers " ; Ant. t. in threatened paralysis from inability to expectorate loosened mucus. Opium : with lack of reaction after ..."

4. Clinical Studies of Disease in Children: Diseases of the Lungs, Acute by Eustace Smith (1876)
"Of these the first is an inability to cough and expectorate. New-born infants do not know how to cough, for the act of coughing is only in part an ..."

5. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"Denys Val Baker expectorate Back in the days when chewing tobacco was a common habit, expectorate enjoyed some popularit)f among the genteel as a euphemism ..."

6. Observations on the Surgical Pathology of the Larynx and Trachea by William Henry Porter (1826)
"The cough is still harsh and incessant, but sometimes the patient in his efforts to expectorate, brings up some few flakes of separated lymph, ..."

7. A Manual of homoeopathic materia medica by Joseph C. Fahnestock (1901)
"... cough with inability to expectorate what is raised. Weakness and dazzling of the eyes with dizziness. Photophobia without inflammation. ..."

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