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Pronunciation: as′pi-rāt


  1. To remove by aspiration.
  2. To inhale into the airways foreign particulate material, such as vomitus.
  3. Foreign body, food, gastric contents, or fluid, including saliva, which is inhaled.

[L. a-spiro, pp. -atus, to breathe on, give the H sound]

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