Expectorate



[ik-spek-tuh-reyt] /ɪkˈspɛk təˌreɪt/

verb (used without object), expectorated, expectorating.
1.
to eject or expel matter, as phlegm, from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting; spit.
verb (used with object), expectorated, expectorating.
2.
to eject or expel (matter) in this way.
/ɪkˈspɛktəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to cough up and spit out (sputum from the respiratory passages)
v.

c.1600, “to clear out the chest or lungs,” from Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare “scorn, expel from the mind,” literally “make a clean breast,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + pectus (genitive pectoris) “breast” (see pectoral (adj.)). Use as a euphemism for “spit” is first recorded 1827. Original sense in expectorant. Related: Expectorated; expectorating.

expectorate ex·pec·to·rate (ĭk-spěk’tə-rāt’)
v. ex·pec·to·rat·ed, ex·pec·to·rat·ing, ex·pec·to·rates

ex·pec’to·ra’tion n.

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