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Definitions of cough

  1. exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion; "The smoker coughs all day" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of exhaling air suddenly with a noise Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. sudden expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To expel air, or obstructing or irritating matter, from the lungs or air passages, in a noisy and violent manner. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; -- followed by up; as, to cough up phlegm. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed himself hoarse. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A sudden, noisy, and violent expulsion of air from the chest, caused by irritation in the air passages, or by the reflex action of nervous or gastric disorder, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. The more or less frequent repetition of coughing, constituting a symptom of disease. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. A sudden, audible expulsion of air from the lungs through a partially closed glottis, preceded by inhalation. It is a protective response that serves to clear the trachea, bronchi, and/or lungs of irritants and secretions, or to prevent aspiration of foreign materials into the lungs. Medical Dictionary DB
  10. To expel air from the lungs by a violent effort. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To expel from the lungs. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. An effort of the lungs to expel irritating matter. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. 1. A sudden explosive forcing of air through the glottis, excited by an effort to expel mucus or other matter from the bronchial tubes or larynx. 2. To force air through the glottis by a series of expiratory efforts. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  14. Momentary pulmonary convulsion, causing noise, as air is violently expelled from lungs. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  15. An effort of the lungs to throw off injurious matter, accompanied by a harsh sound, proceeding from the throat. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To make this effort. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To expel from the throat or lungs by a cough. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. Action of the diaphragm to expel anything from the lungs. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To expel by coughing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To expel by a cough; with up. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To expel air from the lungs with a sudden, harsh sound. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. A sudden, harsh expulsion of breath; a disease productive of coughing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A convulsive effort to expel offending matter from the lungs. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To expectorate by coughing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. To make such an effort. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. To expel the air from the lungs with considerable force and noise; to expectorate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. An effort of the lungs to throw off offending matter, as phlegm from the air passages, accompanied with considerable noise. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. kof, n. an effort of the lungs to throw off injurious matter, accompanied by a harsh sound, proceeding from the throat.--v.i. to make this effort.--v.t. to expel from the throat or lungs by a cough.--ns. COUGH'-DROP, -LOZ'ENGE, a sweetmeat taken to cure coughing; COUGH'ER; COUGH'ING,--COUGH DOWN, to drown a speaker's voice by coughing, so that he must stop. [M. E. coughen; cf. Dut. kuchen, Ger. keuchen, keichen, to gasp.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. Tussis- c. Bronchial, C. tubal- c. Root, Trillium latifolium. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  30. Act of coughing; tendency to cough, diseased condition of respiratory organs. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. Expel air from lungs with violent effort and noise produced by abrupt opening of glottis; (trans.) c. out, up, eject by, say with, cough; c. down, silence (speaker) by coughing. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  32. Sudden noisy expulsion of air from lungs. It is dry, when without expectoration; or wet, when attended by expectoration. American pocket medical dictionary.
  33. A violent expulsion of air from the lungs, either voluntary, for the purpose of expelling some substance from the air passages, or involuntary, as the result of a sensation of irritation in the air passages. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  34. n. [Hebrew] [German] A violent effort of the lungs, usually attended with a harsh sound, to throw off irritating matter; a violent sonorous expiration. Cabinet Dictionary
  35. A convulsion of the lungs. Complete Dictionary

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