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expectorant

[ik-spek-ter-uh nt] /ɪkˈspɛk tər ənt/
adjective
1.
promoting the discharge of phlegm or other fluid from the respiratory tract.
noun
2.
an expectorant medicine.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Latin expectorant- (stem of expectorāns), present participle of expectorāre to expectorate; see -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for expectorant

expectorant

/ɪkˈspɛktərənt/
adjective
1.
promoting the secretion, liquefaction, or expulsion of sputum from the respiratory passages
noun
2.
an expectorant drug or agent
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Word Origin and History for expectorant
n.

1782, from Latin expectorantem (nominative expectorans), present participle of expectorare (see expectorate). From 1811 as an adjective.

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expectorant in Medicine

expectorant ex·pec·to·rant (ĭk-spěk'tər-ənt)
adj.
Promoting or facilitating the secretion or expulsion of phlegm, mucus, or other matter from the respiratory tract. n.
An expectorant medicine.

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expectorant in Science
expectorant
  (ĭk-spěk'tər-ənt)   
A drug that promotes the discharge of phlegm or mucus from the respiratory tract.
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