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Definition of Expectoration

Expectoration: A big polysyllabic word for sputum or the act of bringing up and spitting out sputum. From the Latin expectorare, to expel from the chest, from ex-, out of + pectus, chest.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=24353
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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