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expectorate

[ik-spek-tuh-reyt] /ɪkˈspɛk təˌreɪt/
verb (used without object), expectorated, expectorating.
1.
to eject or expel matter, as phlegm, from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting; spit.
verb (used with object), expectorated, expectorating.
2.
to eject or expel (matter) in this way.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin expectorātus (past participle of expectorāre to expel from the breast), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pector- (stem of pectus) breast + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
expectorator, noun
unexpectorated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for expect orate

expectorate

/ɪkˈspɛktəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to cough up and spit out (sputum from the respiratory passages)
Derived Forms
expectoration, noun
expectorator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin expectorāre, literally: to drive from the breast, expel, from pectus breast
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Word Origin and History for expect orate

expectorate

v.

c.1600, "to clear out the chest or lungs," from Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare "scorn, expel from the mind," literally "make a clean breast," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pectus (genitive pectoris) "breast" (see pectoral (adj.)). Use as a euphemism for "spit" is first recorded 1827. Original sense in expectorant. Related: Expectorated; expectorating.

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expect orate in Medicine

expectorate ex·pec·to·rate (ĭk-spěk'tə-rāt')
v. ex·pec·to·rat·ed, ex·pec·to·rat·ing, ex·pec·to·rates

  1. To eject saliva, mucus, or other body fluid from the mouth; spit.

  2. To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.


ex·pec'to·ra'tion n.
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