[ik-spek-ter-uh nt] /ɪkˈspɛk tər ənt/ Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology

promoting the discharge of phlegm or other fluid from the respiratory tract.
an expectorant medicine.
promoting the secretion, liquefaction, or expulsion of sputum from the respiratory passages
an expectorant drug or agent

1782, from Latin expectorantem (nominative expectorans), present participle of expectorare (see expectorate). From 1811 as an adjective.

expectorant ex·pec·to·rant (ĭk-spěk’tər-ənt)
Promoting or facilitating the secretion or expulsion of phlegm, mucus, or other matter from the respiratory tract. n.
An expectorant medicine.
A drug that promotes the discharge of phlegm or mucus from the respiratory tract.


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