[ik-spek-ter-uh nt]Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology
- promoting the discharge of phlegm or other fluid from the respiratory tract.
- an expectorant medicine.
Origin of expectorant
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Examples from the Web for expectorant
Dr. Bidie states that the action is diaphoretic and expectorant.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Thus Ammonia and volatile oils are Expectorant and Diaphoretic.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
The onion is diuretic, expectorant, rubefacient, and stimulant.
These pills are stimulant, expectorant, antispasmodic, and emmenagogue.
A most excellent medicine, at once soothing and expectorant.
- promoting the secretion, liquefaction, or expulsion of sputum from the respiratory passages
- an expectorant drug or agent
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Word Origin and History for expectorant
1782, from Latin expectorantem (nominative expectorans), present participle of expectorare (see expectorate). From 1811 as an adjective.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Promoting or facilitating the secretion or expulsion of phlegm, mucus, or other matter from the respiratory tract.
- An expectorant medicine.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- A drug that promotes the discharge of phlegm or mucus from the respiratory tract.
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