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verb (used with or without object), e·ruc·tat·ed, e·ruc·tat·ing.
  1. to eruct.
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Origin of eructate

First recorded in 1630–40, eructate is from the Latin word ēructātus discharged, sent forth. See eruct, -ate1
Related formse·ruc·ta·tion [ih-ruhk-tey-shuh n, ee-ruhk-] /ɪ rʌkˈteɪ ʃən, ˌi rʌk-/, noune·ruc·ta·tive [ih-ruhk-tuh-tiv] /ɪˈrʌk tə tɪv/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eructation

Historical Examples

  • Once, during a fit of eructation, Monroe thought he would surely die, and got ready to make his will.

    Edith and John

    Franklin S. Farquhar

  • In this case there is a stop of the motion of the heart, and at the same time a tendency to eructation from the stomach.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Mr. P. is sullen, and seems to mistake an eructation for the breaking of wind backwards.

  • The eructation of inflammable gases has been observed in a few cases.

  • Major Edward Conway scarcely grunted—it might have been anything from an oath to an eructation.

    The Bishop of Cottontown

    John Trotwood Moore

Word Origin and History for eructation


"belching," 1530s, from Latin eructationem (nominative eructatio) "a belching forth," noun of action from past participle stem of eructare "to belch forth, vomit," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ructare "to belch," from PIE *reug- "to belch" (cf. Lithuanian rugiu "to belch," Greek eryge, Armenian orcam), probably of imitative origin. Related: Eruct; eructate.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eructation in Medicine


(ĭ-rŭk-tāshən, ē′rŭk-)
  1. The act or an instance of belching.
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