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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.
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.
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.
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.
Since ancient times hyssop has been infused to treat infections of the respiratory system particularly where there is excessive mucus: the herb gently stimulates expectoration and aids recovery.
Clinical signs and symptoms are important and were ominously present in study subjects especially cough (100%), fever (100%) and expectoration (97%), weight loss (98%) which are also reported elsewhere.
During hospital stay, the patient developed fever with cough and expectoration.
Four weeks before presentation, the patient developed a cough with expectoration.
The study shows that in young patients (age is <50 years) cough with expectoration (34%) was the most common clinical feature followed by fever (32%) and breathlessness (22%) and among old patients (age is >50 years) fever (58%) was the most common clinical feature followed by cough with expectoration (40%) and breathlessness (22%).
We report a case of 14-year-old girl who presented with cough along with expectoration and dyspnea.
Bronchoscopy was done to rule out any residual peace after spontaneous expectoration of FB but could not find anything.