Sputum vs Expectoration - What's the difference?

sputum | expectoration |


As nouns the difference between sputum and expectoration

is that sputum is (physiology) matter coughed up and expectorated from the mouth, composed of saliva and discharges from the respiratory passages such as mucus, phlegm or pus while expectoration is the action of expectorating, of ejecting phlegm or mucus from the throat or lungs by coughing, hawking, or spitting.

sputum

English

Noun

(sputa)
  • (physiology) Matter coughed up and expectorated from the mouth, composed of saliva and discharges from the respiratory passages such as mucus, phlegm or pus.
  • See also

    * (wikipedia "sputum")

    expectoration

    English

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • The action of expectorating, of ejecting phlegm or mucus from the throat or lungs by coughing, hawking, or spitting.
  • That which is expectorated, as phlegm or mucus.