noun, plural spu·ta [spyoo-tuh] /ˈspyu tə/.
Origin of sputum
Examples from the Web for sputum
Third, the virus could not be found in sputum, further supporting the clear observation that airborne spread does not occur.Did One Liberian Prostitute Give Ebola to Eight Soldiers?|Kent Sepkowitz|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is well to avoid rooms occupied by consumptives who are not careful with their sputum.How to Live|Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
In pneumonic cases the bacillus may be found in the sputum of the patient.The Flea|Harold Russell
The sputum of the protracted cases contained few, small, and thin bacilli with scanty spores.
As a receptacle for the sputum a clean wide-mouthed bottle with tightly fitting cork may be used.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Such a one should immediately apply to a physician for examination of the chest, lungs, and sputum (expectoration).
British Dictionary definitions for sputum
noun plural -ta (-tə)
Word Origin for sputum
Word Origin and History for sputum
1690s, from Latin sputum, noun use of neuter past participle of spuere "to spit" (see spew).