Expectorate meaning

ĭk-spĕktə-rāt
To eject from the mouth; spit.
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To cough up and spit out (phlegm, mucus, etc.)
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To eject from the mouth; spit.
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To cough up and eject by spitting.
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To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.
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To cough up fluid from the lungs.
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To cough up and eject by spitting.
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To spit.
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To clear out the chest and lungs by coughing up and spitting out matter.
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To spit.
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To spit.
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Origin of expectorate

  • Latin expectorāre expectorāt- to drive from the chest ex- ex- pectus pector- chest

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin expectoratus, past participle of expectorare (“only fig. banish from the mind, but literally (as in modern use) expel from the breast”), from ex (“out of”) + pectus (“the breast”).

    From Wiktionary