Expectorate Ex*pec"to*rate, v. i. To discharge matter from the lungs or throat by hawking and spitting; to spit. [1913 Webster]

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  • Expectorate — Ex*pec to*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expectorated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Expectorating}.] [L. expecrorare to drive from the breast; ex out + pectus, pectiris, breast. See {Pectoral}.] To eject from the trachea or lungs; to discharge, as phlegm or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expectorate — (v.) c.1600, to clear out the chest or lungs, from L. expectoratus, pp. of expectorare scorn, expel from the mind, lit. make a clean breast, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + pectus (gen. pectoris) breast (see PECTORAL (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • expectorate — ► VERB ▪ cough or spit out (phlegm) from the throat or lungs. DERIVATIVES expectoration noun. ORIGIN Latin expectorare expel from the chest …   English terms dictionary

  • expectorate — [ek spek′tə rāt΄, ikspek′tə rāt΄] vt., vi. expectorated, expectorating [< L expectoratus, pp. of expectorare, to expel from the breast < ex , out + pectus (gen. pectoris), breast] 1. to cough up and spit out (phlegm, mucus, etc.) 2. to spit …   English World dictionary

  • expectorate — verb ( rated; rating) Etymology: Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare to banish from the mind (taken to mean literally “to expel from the chest”), from ex + pector , pectus breast, soul more at pectoral Date: 1601 transitive verb 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • expectorate — expectorator, n. /ik spek teuh rayt /, v., expectorated, expectorating. v.i. 1. to eject or expel matter, as phlegm, from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting; spit. v.t. 2. to eject or expel (matter) in this way. [1595 1605; < …   Universalium

  • expectorate — verb /ɪkˈspɛktəreɪt/ a) To cough up fluid from the lungs. b) To spit. See Also: expectorant, expectoration …   Wiktionary

  • expectorate — To spit; to eject saliva, mucus, or other fluid from the mouth. * * * ex·pec·to·rate tə .rāt vb, rat·ed; rat·ing vt 1) to eject from the throat or lungs by coughing or hawking and spitting 2) SPIT …   Medical dictionary

  • expectorate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. cough up, spit out, hawk, spew; see spit . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. see spit …   English dictionary for students

  • expectorate — ex|pec|to|rate [ıkˈspektəreıt] v [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of expectorare, from pectus [i] chest ] formal to force liquid out of your mouth = ↑spit …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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