expectorant

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Noun[edit]

expectorant (plural expectorants)

  1. (medicine) An agent or drug used to cause or induce the expulsion of phlegm from the lungs.
    • 1833, R. J. Bertin, Charles W. Chauncy, transl., Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart, and Great Vessels, Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blnachard, page 165:
      The disease was regarded as pneumonia so far advanced that suppuration seemed to have supervened; bleeding, blisters, expectorants, and cathartics diminished the symptoms; the pulse continued frequent, hard, full, but always regular.

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Adjective[edit]

expectorant (not comparable)

  1. (medicine) Causing or assisting the expulsion of phlegm.
    an expectorant preparation
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 84:
      ‘Matchett says there’s old Mr P. who made all the money with ’is cought mixture—’ ‘Not Parkinsons ex . . . something?’ asked Jessamy. ‘That’s it,’ nodded Sarah, ‘ “Hexpectorant Posset”.’

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Verb[edit]

expectorant

  1. present participle of expectorer