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1. a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs; called also tussis.
2. to produce such an expulsion of air.
dry cough cough without expectoration.
productive cough cough attended with expectoration of material from the bronchi.
reflex cough a cough due to the irritation of some remote organ.
wet cough productive cough.
whooping cough see whooping cough.
a cough excited reflexively by irritation in some distant part, as the ear or the stomach.
re·flex cough(rē'fleks kawf)
A cough excited reflexively by irritation in some distant part, as the ear or the stomach.
A cough due to irritation from the middle ear, pharynx, stomach, or intestine. It may occur singly or coupled, or may be hacking. Stimulation of Arnold's nerve of the ear can cause it.
See also: cough