A cough (pronunciation Latin: tussis), is a sudden and often repetitively occurring reflex which helps to clear the large breathing passages from secretions, irritants, foreign particles and microbes. The cough reflex consists of three phases: an inhalation, a forced exhalation against a closed glottis, and a violent release of air from the lungs ...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cough
• (v. t.) To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed himself hoarse. • (v. t.) To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; -- followed by up; as, to cough up phlegm. • (v. i.) The more or less frequent repetition of coughing, constituting a symptom of disease. • (v. i.) To expel air, or obstructing or irr...Found on http://thinkexist.com/dictionary/meaning/cough/
<clinical sign> A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs typically in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus, or material. ... (12 Dec 1998) ... Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20973
(kawf) a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs; called also tussis. to produce such an expulsion of air.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/21001
the act of exhaling air suddenly with a noiseFound on https://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20974
Cough intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Coughed (k?ft); present participle & verbal noun Coughing .] [ Confer Dutch kuchen , Middle High German k...chen to breathe, German keuchen to pant, and English Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/webster/C/170
[ Cg. D. kuch
. See Cough
, intransitive verb
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. 2.
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Cough transitive verb 1.
To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; -- followed by up
; as, to cough
up phlegm. 2.
To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed
himself hoarse. To cough down
, to silence or put down (an objectio...
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A cough is a sudden and forcible expiration immediately preceded by closure of the glottis or narrowed portion of the box of the windpipe. The force for the action is obtained by a deep breath, then follows the closure of the glottis, succeeded by the expiratory effort forcing open the glottis. The action is performed by the expiratory muscles, tha...
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an expulsive reflex initiated when the respiratory tract is irritated by infection, noxious fumes, dust, or other types of foreign bodies. The ... [7 related articles]
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Cough is British slang for to confess to a crime, to reluctantly give up information.
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cough, sudden, forceful expiration of air from the lungs caused by an involuntary contraction of the muscles controlling the process of breathing. The cough is a response to some irritating condition such as inflammation or the presence of mucus (sputum) in the respiratory tract, as in infectious di...
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Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs typically in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus, or material. Also called tussis.
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Type: Term Pronunciation: cawf Definitions: 1. A sudden explosive forcing of air through the glottis, occurring immediately on opening the previously closed glottis, excited by mechanical or chemical irritation of the trachea or bronchi or by pressure from adjacent structures. 2. To force air through the glottis by a series of expiratory efforts. ....
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[n] - sudden expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages 2. [n] - the act of exhaling air suddenly with a noise 3. [v] - exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
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