expectorant


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Related to expectorant: guaifenesin, decongestant, antitussive

expectorant

 [ek-spek´to-rant]
1. promoting expectoration.
2. an agent that so acts.
liquefying expectorant an expectorant that promotes the ejection of mucus from the respiratory tract by decreasing its viscosity.

ex·pec·to·rant

(ek-spek'tō-rănt),
1. Promoting secretion from the mucous membrane of the air passages or facilitating its expulsion.
2. An agent that increases bronchial secretion and facilitates its expulsion.
[L. ex, out, + pectus, chest]

expectorant

(ĭk-spĕk′tər-ənt)
adj.
Promoting or facilitating the secretion or expulsion of phlegm, mucus, or other matter from the respiratory tract.
n.
An expectorant medicine.

ex·pec·to·rant

(eks-pek'tŏr-ănt)
1. Promoting secretion from the mucous membrane of the air passages or facilitating its expulsion.
2. An agent (e.g., guaifenesin) that thins respiratory tract mucus and promotes its removal from the tracheobronchial passages.
[L. ex, out, + pectus, chest]

Expectorant

Promotes the discharge of mucus from respiratory system.
Mentioned in: Cough, St. John's Wort

ex·pec·to·rant

(eks-pek'tŏr-ănt)
1. Promoting secretion from the mucous membrane of the air passages or facilitating its expulsion.
2. An agent that increases bronchial secretion and facilitates its expulsion.
[L. ex, out, + pectus, chest]
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Also costing less at three of the four supermarkets was a box of Mucinex 12-hour expectorant, S9.49 at ShopRite, $9.79 at Wegmans and Stop & Shop, $10.54 at Wal-Mart, $10-99 at Super Foodtown and $14.79 at CVS.
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Because the coughing did not stop in 6 to 7 days, an expectorant (Bisolvon; Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmed Gmbh., Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany) was given for 10 days.
said Wednesday it will recall a cough medicine and expectorant in view of an erroneous description in the directions inside the package.