from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The expectoration of blood or of blood-streaked sputum from the larynx, trachea, bronchi, or lungs.

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  • n. expectoration (coughing up) of blood

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The expectoration of blood, due usually to hemorrhage from the mucous membrane of the lungs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, spitting of blood: usually restricted to the raising of blood from the lungs. Also hæmoptoë.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. coughing up blood from the respiratory tract; usually indicates a severe infection of the bronchi or lungs


hemo- + Greek ptusis, a spitting (from ptuein, to spit).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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