Expectorant


Human Body Section
Stedman's Pocket Medical Dictionary Dictionary of Biomedical Sciences Dictionary of Dentistry

The word expectorant refers to therapeutic agents - including natural substances such as herbs, oils, or essences, or conventional pharmaceutical drugs, that help to ease the removal of mucus from the respiratory system.

In more medical parlance, expectorants are (usually) drugs that aid and increase the secretion of sputum by the air passages in the respiratory system so that it is easier for the person to cough up to expel excessive fluids.

Expectorants are commonly included in cough mixtures and cold/flu remedies. This term is therefore familiar to many people as it appears on the packaging of popular medications that are widely available without prescription.



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