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[v. as-puh-reyt; n., adj., as-per-it] /v. ˈæs pəˌreɪt; n., adj., ˈæs pər ɪt/
verb (used with object), aspirated, aspirating.
  1. to articulate (a speech sound, especially a stop) so as to produce an audible puff of breath, as with the first t of total, the second t being unaspirated.
  2. to articulate (the beginning of a word or syllable) with an h -sound, as in which, pronounced (hwich), or hitch as opposed to witch or itch.
  1. to remove (a fluid) from a body cavity by use of an aspirator or suction syringe.
  2. to inhale (fluid or a foreign body) into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.
to draw or remove by suction.
Phonetics. a speech sound having as an obvious concomitant an audible puff of breath, as initial stop consonants or initial h -sounds.
Medicine/Medical. the substance or contents that have been aspirated.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) pronounced with or accompanied by aspiration; aspirated.
1660-70; < Latin aspīrātus breathed upon (past participle of aspīrāre). See aspire, -ate1
Related forms
nonaspirate, noun, adjective
nonaspirated, adjective
nonaspirating, adjective
unaspirated, adjective Unabridged
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  • With this procedure, fluid is aspirated in one procedure while the gallbladder is viewed using ultrasound.
  • The insect was aspirated and sent to the lab for further identification.
British Dictionary definitions for aspirated


verb (transitive) (ˈæspɪˌreɪt)
  1. to articulate (a stop) with some force, so that breath escapes with audible friction as the stop is released
  2. to pronounce (a word or syllable) with an initial h
to draw in or remove by inhalation or suction, esp to suck (air or fluid) from a body cavity or to inhale (fluid) into the lungs after vomiting
to supply air to (an internal-combustion engine)
noun (ˈæspɪrɪt)
  1. a stop pronounced with an audible release of breath
  2. the glottal fricative represented in English and several other languages as h
adjective (ˈæspɪrɪt)
(phonetics) (of a stop) pronounced with a forceful and audible expulsion of breath
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Word Origin and History for aspirated



1725, "sound of the letter 'H'," especially at the beginning of a word, from Latin aspiratio "a breathing, exhalation, the pronunciation of the letter H" (see aspire).


"to pronounce with audible breath," 1700; perhaps a back-formation from aspiration (n.2), or from French aspirer (1520s), or directly from Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare (see aspire). Related: Aspirated; aspirating.

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aspirated in Medicine

aspirate as·pi·rate (ās'pə-rāt')
v. as·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing, as·pi·rates
To take in or remove by aspiration. n. (-pər-ĭt)
A substance removed by aspiration.

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Encyclopedia Article for aspirated


the sound h as in English "hat." Consonant sounds such as the English voiceless stops p, t, and k at the beginning of words (e.g., "pat," "top," "keel") are also aspirated because they are pronounced with an accompanying forceful expulsion of air. Such sounds are not aspirated at the end of words or in combination with certain consonants (e.g., in "spot," "stop"). The voiced stops b and d in Sanskrit and Hindi also have aspirated forms that are usually transliterated as bh and dh.

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