Sputum meaning

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Matter coughed up and usually ejected from the mouth, including saliva, foreign material, and substances such as mucus or phlegm, from the respiratory tract.
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Saliva, usually mixed with mucus from the respiratory tract, ejected from the mouth.
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Matter coughed up and usually ejected from the mouth, including saliva, foreign material, and substances such as mucus or phlegm, from the respiratory tract.
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(physiology) Matter coughed up and expectorated from the mouth, composed of saliva and discharges from the respiratory passages such as mucus, phlegm or pus.
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Origin of sputum

  • Latin spūtum from neuter past participle of spuere to spit

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

  • From New Latin, from Latin sputum (“that which is spit out, spittle"), from spuere (“to spit").

    From Wiktionary