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expectorant

Pronunciation: ek-spek'to-rant

Definition:

  1. Promoting secretion from the mucous membrane of the air passages or facilitating its expulsion.
  2. An agent that increases bronchial secretion and facilitates its expulsion.

[L. ex, out, + pectus, chest]

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