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expiratory

[ ik-spahyuhr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ɪkˈspaɪər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective

pertaining to the expiration of air from the lungs.

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Origin of expiratory

First recorded in 1840–50; expirat(ion) + -ory1
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British Dictionary definitions for expiratory

expiratory
/ (ɪkˈspaɪərətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

relating to the expulsion of air from the lungs during respiration
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Medical definitions for expiratory

expiratory
[ ĭk-spīrə-tôr′ē ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or involving the expiration of air from the lungs.
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