[ik-spek-tuh-rey-shuh n]


the act of expectorating.
matter that is expectorated.

Origin of expectoration

First recorded in 1665–75; expectorate + -ion
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Related Words for expectoration

spit, drivel, slaver, slobber, spittle, salivation

Examples from the Web for expectoration

Contemporary Examples of expectoration

Historical Examples of expectoration

  • At this time the cough was severe, and the expectoration difficult.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • There is nothing new or unnatural in this repression, this tabu on expectoration.

    Preventable Diseases

    Woods Hutchinson

  • In pneumonia the expectoration was often bloody, which pleased him mightily.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever

    George Frederick Laidlaw

  • Severe cold settled on the lungs, attended with cough and expectoration?

  • The object of the expectoration was to prevent Elidore's seeing his way back.

Word Origin and History for expectoration

1670s, noun of action from expectorate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper