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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.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||sputum - expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness|