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[ik-spahyuh r-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈspaɪər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
pertaining to the expiration of air from the lungs.
Origin of expiratory
First recorded in 1840-50; expirat(ion) + -ory1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For when a solution of continuity occurs in the lungs, the inspiratory and expiratory forces fail.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Henry Ebenezer Handerson
  • It is noteworthy that all the utterances of sound are expiratory.

  • Schapiro has reported a case of expiratory "spasm" due to contraction of the buccinators.

  • We have already pointed out that the vocal bands are set into vibration solely by the expiratory blast of air.

  • At this stage, too, expiratory laryngeal noises are occasionally superadded.

  • So long as the expiratory pressure is steadily maintained, this tone may be held, and yet no strain is imposed on the vocal cords.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • In another instance inspiratory hiccoughs and expiratory eructations co-existed.

  • In this way is regulated the amount of the fleshy mass of the vocal cords exposed to the expiratory blast.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • In other words, the expiratory energy is transformed into energy of motion.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • The power of the expiratory blast is just what it would be if one unit of strength were exerted in an "uncontrolled" expiration.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for expiratory


/ɪkˈspaɪərətərɪ; -trɪ/
relating to the expulsion of air from the lungs during respiration
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expiratory in Medicine

expiratory ex·pi·ra·to·ry (ĭk-spī'rə-tôr'ē)
Of, relating to, or involving the expiration of air from the lungs.

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