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expectorate

[ ik-spek-tuh-reyt ]
/ 瑟k藞sp蓻k t蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used without object), ex路pec路to路rat路ed, ex路pec路to路rat路ing.
to eject or expel matter, as phlegm, from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting; spit.
verb (used with object), ex路pec路to路rat路ed, ex路pec路to路rat路ing.
to eject or expel (matter) in this way.
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Origin of expectorate

1595鈥1605; <Latin expector膩tus (past participle of expector膩re to expel from the breast), equivalent to ex-ex-1 + pector- (stem of pectus) breast + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM expectorate

ex路pec路to路ra路tor, nounun路ex路pec路to路rat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for expectorate

expectorate
/ (瑟k藞sp蓻kt蓹藢re瑟t) /

verb
to cough up and spit out (sputum from the respiratory passages)

Derived forms of expectorate

expectoration, nounexpectorator, noun

Word Origin for expectorate

C17: from Latin expector膩re, literally: to drive from the breast, expel, from pectus breast
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Medical definitions for expectorate

expectorate
[ 沫k-sp臅kt蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

v.
To eject saliva, mucus, or other body fluid from the mouth; spit.
To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.

Other words from expectorate

ex鈥ec鈥瞭o鈥ation n.
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