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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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While most of the AFB seen in smears in countries endemic for tuberculosis are usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), there are other potentially pathogenic mycobacteria called non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) which may be present in a proportion of sputa.
The sputa of sputum smear negative cases were inoculated on Lowenstein-Jensen medium culture medium to isolate the organism and correlate the culture positivity and negativity in smear negative cases.
The interview revealed that quality of sputa is the top most reason for failure along with the fewer sample collection related to the barangay health worker's workload.
Conclusions: The incidence of Moraxella catarrhalis in sputum encourages routine culture and sensitivity of sputa from patients suffering from lower respiratory tract infection, especially the elderly and immunocompromised, for tailored drug prescription.
The induced sputa were submitted for Ziehl-Neelsen (Z-N) staining as per RNTCP guidelines.