expectorant

[ik-spek-ter-uh nt]Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology

adjective

promoting the discharge of phlegm or other fluid from the respiratory tract.

noun

an expectorant medicine.

Origin of expectorant

1775–85; < Latin expectorant- (stem of expectorāns), present participle of expectorāre to expectorate; see -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for expectorant

expectorant

adjective

promoting the secretion, liquefaction, or expulsion of sputum from the respiratory passages

noun

an expectorant drug or agent
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Word Origin and History for expectorant
n.

1782, from Latin expectorantem (nominative expectorans), present participle of expectorare (see expectorate). From 1811 as an adjective.

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Medicine definitions for expectorant

expectorant

[ĭk-spĕktər-ənt]

adj.

Promoting or facilitating the secretion or expulsion of phlegm, mucus, or other matter from the respiratory tract.

n.

An expectorant medicine.
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Science definitions for expectorant

expectorant

[ĭk-spĕktər-ənt]

A drug that promotes the discharge of phlegm or mucus from the respiratory tract.
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