sputum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

sputum (countable and uncountable, plural sputa)

  1. (physiology) Matter coughed up and expectorated from the mouth, composed of saliva and discharges from the respiratory passages such as mucus, phlegm or pus.
    • 2020 February 24, James Hamblin, “You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the boy’s sputum sat for a month, waiting for its turn in a slow process of antibody-matching analysis.

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Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

sputum n

  1. sputum

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From spuō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

spūtum n (genitive spūtī); second declension

  1. spittle

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative spūtum spūta
Genitive spūtī spūtōrum
Dative spūtō spūtīs
Accusative spūtum spūta
Ablative spūtō spūtīs
Vocative spūtum spūta

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Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: esput
  • Dalmatian: spoit
  • English: sputum
  • Italian: sputo

Participle[edit]

spūtum

  1. inflection of spūtus:
    1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular
    2. accusative masculine singular

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