noun, plural sputa
[spyoo-tuh] /ˈspyu tə/ (Show IPA)
matter, as saliva mixed with mucus or pus, expectorated from the lungs and respiratory passages.
noun (pl) -ta (-tə)
a mass of salivary matter ejected from the mouth
saliva ejected from the mouth mixed with mucus or pus exuded from the respiratory passages, as in bronchitis or bronchiectasis

sputum spu·tum (spyōō’təm)
n. pl. spu·ta (-tə)
Matter coughed up and usually expelled from the mouth, especially mucus or mucopurulent matter expectorated in diseases of the air passages.


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