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(spūt′ŭm)

(spūt′ă)
pl. sputa [L. sputum, spit, spittle]
Mucus expelled from the lung by coughing. It may contain a variety of materials from the respiratory tract, including in some instances cellular debris, mucus, blood, pus, caseous material, and/or microorganisms.

CONDITIONS
A wide variety of illnesses, including typical and atypical pneumonias, tuberculosis, cancers of the lungs or bronchi, reactive airway disease, and occupational diseases of the lungs can be diagnosed with gram staining or culturing of sputum, cytological examination of sputum, or the use of special stains and microscopic techniques.

The color or thickness of sputum is not a reliable diagnosis of an illness.

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Citation

Venes, Donald, editor. "Sputum." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 23rd ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Taber's Online, www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/756325/all/sputum.
Sputum. In: Venes D, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. 23rd ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/756325/all/sputum. Accessed May 19, 2019.
Sputum. (2017). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary. Available from https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/756325/all/sputum
Sputum [Internet]. In: Venes D, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 May 19]. Available from: https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/756325/all/sputum.
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