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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.]

ex·pec′to·ra′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expectoration - the process of coughing up and spitting out
bodily function, bodily process, body process, activity - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
2.expectoration - the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)expectoration - the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
ejection, forcing out, expulsion, projection - the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting


n. expectoración, esputo, expulsión de mucosidades o flema de los pulmones, tráquea y bronquios.
References in classic literature ?
The silences widened; the expectoration marvellously increased.
Neither Bert nor Laurier made any reply, and presently, after a little skilful expectoration, the young gentleman was attracted by the appearance of two of his friends down the road and shuffled off, whooping weirdly.
Battle royal was waged, amid the smoking of many cigarettes and the expectoration of much tobacco-juice, wherein the tramp successfully held his own, even when a socialist workman sneered, "There is no god but the Unknowable, and Herbert Spencer is his prophet.
At length it occurred to me that they were only spitting, which was indeed the case; though how any number of passengers which it was possible for that car to contain, could have maintained such a playful and incessant shower of expectoration, I am still at a loss to understand: notwithstanding the experience in all salivatory phenomena which I afterwards acquired.
Ariva(TM) compressed tobacco cigalett(TM) bits are designed to dissolve completely in the adult smoker's mouth without requiring expectoration.
Their administration can lead to increased sputum viscosity, decreased expectoration, hypotension and constipation.
Ariva(TM) is a compressed, powdered tobacco product designed to dissolve in the mouth without expectoration, and to be used during situations when smoking is prohibited or inconvenient.
The greatest amount of expectoration (productive coughing) occurs during the morning commute (6:00 AM-7:00 AM) because of accumulation of bronchial secretions at night (10).
Oral fluid was collected before and up to 72 h after COC administration by citric acid candy stimulation and expectoration (n = 1100).
In all three, HP-3 increased sputum expectoration and significantly improved pulmonary function.
A 36-year-old man with AIDS was admitted to hospital C in Caracas, Venezuela, in June 2003 with dyspnea, fever, and expectoration.