ptysis

ptysis

(tī′sĭs) [Gr.]
Spitting; the ejection of saliva from the mouth.
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[2] The term "hemoptysis" originated from the Greek "haima," which means "blood," and "ptysis," which means "a spitting." Pseudohemoptysis is defined as blood not from lower respiratory tract but comes from above the vocal cords: mouth, pharynx, nose, aspiration of hematemsis, and colonization by gram-negative bacteria (Serratia marcescens)--prodigiosin pigment production.