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Definition of "expectoration" [ex•pec•to•ra•tion]

  • The action of expectorating, of ejecting phlegm or mucus from the throat or lungs by coughing, hawking, or spitting. (noun)
  • That which is expectorated, as phlegm or mucus. (noun)

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Use "expectoration" in a sentence
  • "Many survived, and blessed Captain Southcombe, not at first cordially — for the man yet remains to be discovered who is grateful to his doctor — but gradually more and more, and with that healthy action of the human bosom which is called expectoration, whenever grateful memories were rekindled by the smell of tar."
  • "Many survived, and blessed Captain Southcombe, not at first cordially -- for the man yet remains to be discovered who is grateful to his doctor -- but gradually more and more, and with that healthy action of the human bosom which is called expectoration, whenever grateful memories were rekindled by the smell of tar."
  • "Perhaps Diouf's occasional penchant for expectoration is a little more difficult to defend."