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  • n. The act of spiting phlegm

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See exspuition.


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  • The expuition of a frothy mucus with great and perpetual hawking occurs in hydrophobia, and is very distressing to the patient; which may be owing to the increased irritability or sensibility of the upper part of the oesophagus, which will not permit any fluid to rest on it.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • I knew a person, who for twenty years always waked with his tongue and throat quite dry; so that he was necessitated to take a spoonful of water, as soon as he awoke; otherwise a little blood always followed the forcible expuition of the indurated mucus from his fauces.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • A copious expuition of a pellucid insipid fluid, occasioned by the retrograde motions of the lymphatics of the mouth.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • The inspissated mucus on the tongue of those, who sleep with their mouths open, is sometimes reddened as if mixed with blood, and sometimes a little blood follows the expuition of it from the fauces owing to its great adhesion.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Of this kind is the cough which attends free-drinkers after a debauch; it consists of many short efforts to cough, with a frequent expuition of half

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Some fits cease before this congestion takes place, and in them no violent sweating nor any expuition of phlegm occurs.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • The seat of volcanos seems to be principally, if not entirely, in these strata of granite; as many of them are situated on granite mountains, and throw up from time to time sheets of lava which run down over the proceeding strata from the same origin; and in this they seem to differ from the heat which has separated the clay, coal, and sand in morasses, which would appear to have risen from a kind of fermentation, and thus to have pervaded the whole mass without any expuition of lava.

    The Botanic Garden A Poem in Two Parts. Part 1: the Economy of Vegetation

  • If any thing promotes expectoration toward the end of peripneumonies, when the inflammation is reduced by bleeding and gentle cathartics, small repeated blisters about the chest, with tepid aqueous and mucilaginous or oily liquids, are more advantageous than the medicines generally enumerated under this head; the blisters by stimulating into action the vessels of the skin produce by association a greater activity of those of the mucous membrane, which lines the branches of the windpipe, and air-cells of the lungs; and thus after evacuation they promote the absorption of the mucus and consequent healing of the inflamed membrane, while the diluting liquids prevent this mucus from becoming too viscid for this purpose, or facilitate its expuition.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life


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