One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Breathe (something) in; inhale.‘some drowning victims don't aspirate any water’
- ‘Many foods can be dangerous for small children since they can aspirate the items, which will result in blockage of the breathing passages.’
- ‘By this time he had started to cough and was aspirating fluids.’
- ‘Blood should be cultured from all patients who have aspirated water.’
- ‘He aspirated some water and another coughing spasm started.’
- ‘In addition, there was a possibility that Sarah had aspirated vomit.’
- 1.1 Draw (fluid) by suction from a vessel or cavity.‘bile was aspirated through a catheter’
- ‘Fluid is easily aspirated when the needle is properly positioned.’
- ‘Fresh blood was aspirated from the nasogastric tube.’
- ‘The fluid was aspirated by immediate gentle hand suction applied to the instilling syringe after each instillation.’
- ‘A volume of 60 ml of blood was aspirated from his knee.’
- ‘At autopsy, all remaining pleural fluid was aspirated from the right pleural space.’
An aspirated consonant.
- ‘They can't seem to handle hard aspirates at all, and sibilants are difficult for them.’
- ‘In fact, air flow continues at a very high rate for a very long time in these sounds relative to aspirates.’
- 1.1 A sound of h.
- ‘She fires off the cleanest and most articulated runs without a trace of strain or unwanted aspirates.’
- ‘He was a ‘sobber,’ and many of his phrases are broken or studded with unnecessary (but very emotional!) aspirates.’
- ‘And the Sindhu of Sanskrit became Hindhu or Hindu in Persian, following the practice of changing ‘S’ into an aspirate in Persian.’
- ‘Conversely, there is often an intrusive aspirate between vowels, as in ‘cre-haytion’ for creation and ‘hi-haytus’ for hiatus.’
mass noun Matter that has been drawn from the body by suction.‘gastric aspirate’count noun ‘oesophageal aspirates’
- ‘Iron staining of the bone marrow aspirate revealed increased storage iron.’
- ‘To confirm a suspected second relapse, a bone marrow aspirate and core biopsy were performed.’
- ‘Likewise, observing the appearance of feeding tube aspirate is also unreliable because gastric contents can look similar to respiratory secretions.’
- ‘In four of nine cases, the same pathogen was diagnosed both in serum and in the nasopharyngeal aspirate.’
- ‘Bronchial aspirate were obtained by aseptic technique using a sterile suction catheter each time.’
(of a sound) pronounced with an exhalation of breath; aspirated.
- ‘For instance, aspirated consonants are written with a small superscript h after the symbol for the corresponding unaspirated consonant.’
- ‘Alongside the general schema for a syllable-onset consonant, however, there exist more specific schemas concerning individual sounds (such as p), classes of sounds (the aspirated stops), and so on.’
- ‘So let's practice distinguishing ejective from aspirated stops, okay class?’
- ‘For example, the aspirated series of stops and affricates are written by adding a horizontal stroke to the letters for the plain series.’
- ‘In speech, hard ‘r’ frequently gets nasalized, in the same way as ‘k’ becomes aspirated in the American throat.’
Mid 16th century (as an adjective): from Latin aspiratus ‘breathed’, past participle of aspirare (see aspire).
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