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spu·tum

 (spyo͞o′təm)
n. pl. spu·ta (-tə)
Matter coughed up and usually ejected from the mouth, including saliva, foreign material, and substances such as mucus or phlegm, from the respiratory tract.

[Latin spūtum, from neuter past participle of spuere, to spit.]

sputum

(ˈspjuːtəm)
n, pl -ta (-tə)
1. (Physiology) a mass of salivary matter ejected from the mouth
2. (Physiology) saliva ejected from the mouth mixed with mucus or pus exuded from the respiratory passages, as in bronchitis or bronchiectasis
[C17: from Latin: spittle, from spuere to spit out]

spu•tum

(ˈspyu təm)

n., pl. -ta (-tə).
matter, as saliva mixed with mucus or pus, expectorated from the lungs and respiratory passages.
[1685–95; < Latin spūtum, derivative of spūtus, past participle of spuere to spit]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sputum - expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
mucous secretion, mucus - protective secretion of the mucus membranes; in the gut it lubricates the passage of food and protects the epithelial cells; in the nose and throat and lungs it can make it difficult for bacteria to penetrate the body through the epithelium
Translations
plwocina

sputum

[ˈspjuːtəm] N (sputa (pl)) → esputo m

sputum

n (Med) → Auswurf m, → Sputum nt (spec)

spu·tum

n. esputo, flema;
bloody ______ sanguinolento.

sputum

n esputo, flema
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Several advantages of pot method as have been pointed out earlier (11-13) include the following: (i) smear making is easy resulting in uniform spread of sputum material on glass slides, (ii) it is technician-friendly and will increase their willingness to work with sputum AFB microscopy, (iii) the background of smears is clear and the AFB is distinctly seen, (iv) disposal of sputum cups becomes easy, (v) it can greatly reduce the risk of aerosols and spread of infection among the workers and in the community, (vi) it is simple as it does not involve heating of carbol-fuchsin, (vii) it gives an opportunity for the laboratory technician to make smears at a convenient time, and (viii) it can be utilized to transport sputum samples to microscopy centres.
Background & objectives: Improper practices of making direct smears of sputum for detection of acid-fast bacilli (AFB) and of disposing sputum cups are hazardous.
Preparation of direct smears from sputum samples and disposal of sputum cups have to be carried out adhering to good laboratory practices to avoid laboratory acquired tuberculosis infection (1).