[ik-spek-ter-uh nt]Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology
promoting the discharge of phlegm or other fluid from the respiratory tract.
Origin of expectorant
< Latin expectorant-
(stem of expectorāns
), present participle of expectorāre
; see -ant
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Examples from the Web for expectorant
Historical Examples of expectorant
Dr. Bidie states that the action is diaphoretic and expectorant.
Thus Ammonia and volatile oils are Expectorant and Diaphoretic.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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A drug that promotes the discharge of phlegm or mucus from the respiratory tract.
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