What does expectorate mean?

Definitions for expectorateɪkˈspɛk təˌreɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word expectorate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. expectorate, clear out, drive out(verb)

    clear out the chest and lungs

    "This drug expectorates quickly"

  2. expectorate, cough up, cough out, spit up, spit out(verb)

    discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth


  1. expectorate(Verb)

    To cough up fluid from the lungs.

  2. expectorate(Verb)

    To spit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expectorate(verb)

    to eject from the trachea or lungs; to discharge, as phlegm or other matter, by coughing, hawking, and spitting; to spit forth

  2. Expectorate(verb)

    to discharge matter from the lungs or throat by hawking and spitting; to spit

  3. Origin: [L. expecrorare to drive from the breast; ex out + pectus, pectiris, breast. See Pectoral.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Expectorate

    eks-pek′to-rāt, v.t. to expel from the breast or lungs by coughing, &c.: to spit forth.—v.i. to discharge or eject phlegm from the throat.—adj. Expec′torant, tending to promote expectoration.—n. a medicine which promotes expectoration.—n. Expectorā′tion, act of expectorating: that which is expectorated: spittle.—adj. Expec′torātive, having the quality of promoting expectoration. [L. expectorāre, -ātumex, out of, from, pectus, pectoris, the breast.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expectorate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expectorate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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