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Pronunciation: ek-spek'to-ra'shun


  1. Mucus and other fluids formed in the air passages and upper food passages (the mouth), and expelled by coughing.
  2. The act of spitting; the expelling from the mouth of saliva, mucus, and other material from the air or upper food passages.

Synonym(s): spitting

See Also: sputum1

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