• WordNet 3.6
    • n expectorant a medicine promoting expectoration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Expectorant (Med) Tending to facilitate expectoration or to promote discharges of mucus, etc., from the lungs or throat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • expectorant Pertaining to or promoting expectoration.
    • n expectorant Something, as a drug, which promotes or facilitates expectoration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Expectorant tending to promote expectoration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expectorans, p. pr. of expectorare, to drive from the breast: cf. F. expectorant,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. expectorāre, -ātumex, out of, from, pectus, pectoris, the breast.


In literature:

At this time the cough was severe, and the expectoration difficult.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
His only comment was a vast expectoration.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
In a very short time a profuse perspiration broke out over my whole body, and I began to expectorate freely.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
There is a hacking cough and expectoration of a small amount of thick secretion.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
To make sure, they watched him a little longer, and about a hundred yards farther on they saw him repeat his red expectoration!
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Snooks expectorated and gave a roar, which he intended for a laugh, but which made every pig jump off its feet and dive into the straw.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
There is no appeal from the tobacco-juice of an expectorating and disdainful virtue.
"Walt Whitman Yesterday and Today" by Henry Eduard Legler
Painfully was this the case when Penton madly expectorated over an incredible distance upon the poor doctor's curtains.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
A perpetual cough harasses and exhausts him, and a perpetual expectoration.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
COUGH when present may be: dry, or accompanied by expectoration; painful, frequent, loud, or whooping; and worse by day or by night.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
Where the system is vigorous, expectorants and sedatives, with leeches to the chest, may be used.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
In coughing up material from the lungs and associated glands, the matter is swallowed, instead of expectorated, as in man.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell
Expectorations, expostulations and lamentations followed in order.
"Sube Cane" by Edward Bellamy Partridge
Some Jesuit priests, he says, expectorated whenever a woman's name was mentioned.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
The haemoptysis had ceased, and the expectoration was only tinged with blood.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Mr. Blair started violently as Spotty, seeing the fireplace, expectorated towards it with astonishing accuracy.
"John Dene of Toronto" by Herbert Jenkins
Confidentially, there ain't anything within expectorating distance just now that ain't pretty well het up.
"The Window at the White Cat" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The second day after my arrival I began to expectorate a little blood.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott
But we laughed and talked with the frivolity that suits the open air, and even Mrs. Worters expectorated her flies with a smile.
"The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories" by E. M. Forster
He turns to expectorate, sweeping the large shop with a quick, watchful eye.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman

In poetry:

And somehow then it seemed to me
These men expectorating,
Were infinitely less than he,
The dumb thing they were baiting.
"The Smoking Frog" by Robert W Service
And from that imperfect dental exhibition,
Stained with express juices of the weed nicotian,
Came these hollow accents, blent with softer murmurs
Of expectoration:
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

It's a meat flavor enhancer and an expectorant, too—and has even turned up on a list of cigarette additives .
"I can't see that happening," says Ross Coomber, a sociologist at Plymouth University who has studied expectoration.
Expectoration ends in Osceola donnybrook.
Helixia™ Cough is used as an expectorant to help relieve coughing and loosen mucus and phlegm.