expectorate(redirected from expectorates)
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v. ex·pec·to·rat·ed, ex·pec·to·rat·ing, ex·pec·to·rates
1. To eject from the mouth; spit.
2. To cough up and eject by spitting.
1. To spit.
2. To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.
[Latin expectorāre, expectorāt-, to drive from the chest : ex-, ex- + pectus, pector-, chest.]
(Physiology) to cough up and spit out (sputum from the respiratory passages)
[C17: from Latin expectorāre, literally: to drive from the breast, expel, from pectus breast]
v. -rat•ed, -rat•ing. v.i.
1. to expel matter from the throat or lungs by coughing and spitting.
2. to spit.v.t.
3. to expel from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting.
4. to spit.
[1595–1605; < New Latin expectorātus, past participle of expectorāre, Latin: to banish from the mind]
Past participle: expectorated
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|Verb||1.||expectorate - clear out the chest and lungs; "This drug expectorates quickly"|
|2.||expectorate - discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth|
cough - exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion; "The smoker coughs all day"
ptyalise, ptyalize, spew, spit, spue - expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth; "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer"