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expiratory

[ ik-spahyuhr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to the expiration of air from the lungs.


expiratory

/ -trɪ; ɪkˈspaɪərətərɪ /

adjective

  1. relating to the expulsion of air from the lungs during respiration


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Word History and Origins

Origin of expiratory1

First recorded in 1840–50; expirat(ion) + -ory 1
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Example Sentences

After the larynx has been studied the importance of the expiratory blast will be better understood.

So long as the expiratory pressure is steadily maintained, this tone may be held, and yet no strain is imposed on the vocal cords.

In singing, on the contrary, the expiratory pressure is much more powerful, yet the expiration must be much slower.

In this way is regulated the amount of the fleshy mass of the vocal cords exposed to the expiratory blast.

In one the breath is expelled powerfully, the object being to bring a strong expiratory pressure to bear on the larynx.

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