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expiratory

[ik-spahyuh r-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈspaɪər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the expiration of air from the lungs.
Origin of expiratory
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; expirat(ion) + -ory1
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Examples from the Web for expiratory
Historical Examples
  • In other words, the expiratory energy is transformed into energy of motion.

    The Psychology of Singing

    David C. Taylor
  • It is noteworthy that all the utterances of sound are expiratory.

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

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

  • 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 singing, on the contrary, the expiratory pressure is much more powerful, yet the expiration must be much slower.

    The Psychology of Singing

    David C. Taylor
  • 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
  • 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
  • So far as the effect of the expiratory blast on the vocal cords is concerned, "controlling" the breath has no influence whatever.

    The Psychology of Singing

    David C. Taylor
  • Can all the expiratory force expended in tone-production show such a small result?

    The Psychology of Singing

    David C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for expiratory

expiratory

/ɪkˈspaɪərətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
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)
adj.
Of, relating to, or involving the expiration of air from the lungs.

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