A medicine which promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to treat coughs.‘Despite its broad use in the treatment of cough, multiple studies have found inconsistent results supporting the effectiveness of guaifenesin as an expectorant or cough suppressant.’
- ‘Some combine a full range of cold fighters: nasal decongestants, cough suppressants, and expectorants that loosen mucus.’
- ‘Medically, basil has been used as a sedative, an expectorant, and a laxative but it is not used much in herbal preparations today.’
- ‘She suggested I get an expectorant rather than a cough suppressant, which is what I'd been taking.’
- ‘In herbal medicine, mustard is regarded as an expectorant and secretion-loosener, and has a long history of use as a remedy for chest complaints.’
Mid 17th century from Latin expectorant- ‘expelling from the chest’, from the verb expectorare (see expectorate).
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