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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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