expectorate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v expectorate discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
    • v expectorate clear out the chest and lungs "This drug expectorates quickly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Expectorate To discharge matter from the lungs or throat by hawking and spitting; to spit.
    • v. t Expectorate To eject from the trachea or lungs; to discharge, as phlegm or other matter, by coughing, hawking, and spitting; to spit forth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • expectorate To eject from the trachea or lungs; discharge, as phlegm or other matter, by coughing or hawking and spitting; spit out.
    • expectorate To eject or reject as if by spitting; cast out or aside as useless or worthless.
    • expectorate To eject matter from the lungs or throat by coughing or hawking and spitting; by euphemism, to spit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Expectorate eks-pek′to-rāt to expel from the breast or lungs by coughing, &c.: to spit forth
    • v.i Expectorate to discharge or eject phlegm from the throat
    • n Expectorate a medicine which promotes expectoration
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expecrorare, to drive from the breast; ex, out + pectus, pectiris, breast. See Pectoral

Usage

In literature:

Expectorants were given as required.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Usually the mucus is expectorated; that is, discharged through the nose.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He expectorates, and retires at once.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
I am oppressed with phlegm, the presence of which causes pain; and the expectoration, exhaustion.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
They are accompanied with expectorations of a muddy viscous water, brought away by violent efforts.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Digitalis made into a pill with gum ammoniac, to be taken every night, and to promote expectoration, a squill mixture twice in the day.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
Highly useful as an expectorant in coughs, colds, and all affections of the lungs.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
He has a violent cough, with very copious expectoration of thick mucus.
"Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart" by John Collins Warren
Except for the sound of his vast expectorations, the pair on the beach were quiet for what seemed to Jeremy a long while.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
If the tumour tissue has actually penetrated the trachea, the expectoration is tinged with blood.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
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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.
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