Definition of haemoptysis in English:


(US hemoptysis)


  • [mass noun] The coughing up of blood.

    • ‘He did not complain of cough, fever, hemoptysis, wheeze, or chest pain.’
    • ‘He denied previous hemoptysis, cough, dyspnea, chest pain, fever, chills, night sweats and weight loss.’
    • ‘Cough, dyspnea, hemoptysis, tachycardia, pleuritic pain, cyanosis and fever are common.’
    • ‘Patients with a prior history of frank hemoptysis (coughing up blood) were also not enrolled on the trial.’
    • ‘There was no cough, hemoptysis, fever, or chest pain.’
    • ‘Blood-streaked sputum and hemoptysis are not unusual in later stages of illness.’
    • ‘Pulmonary symptoms are present in most patients and may include cough, dyspnea, hemoptysis, or chest pain.’
    • ‘Symptoms may include cough, hemoptysis, increased sputum production, and dyspnea.’
    • ‘In contrast, posterior bleeding may be asymptomatic or may present insidiously as nausea, hematemesis, anemia, hemoptysis, or melena.’
    • ‘The first had some flitting chest pains; neither had any cough or haemoptysis.’
    • ‘Obstructive lesions may cause a secondary infection, resulting in hemoptysis.’
    • ‘Lung disease is common with cough, haemoptysis, and dyspnoea and may progress to life threatening pulmonary haemorrhage.’
    • ‘Bronchiectasis should be considered when chronic cough produces sputum and hemoptysis.’
    • ‘All these 22 patients had chronic cough with haemoptysis but were not positive for acid-fast bacilli in three sputum examinations.’
    • ‘Following this procedure, he developed recurrent episodes of hemoptysis, cough, and left upper lobe consolidation.’
    • ‘She has no symptoms, specifically no cough, sputum, hemoptysis, weight loss, sweats, fevers, or bony pains.’
    • ‘Chronic blood loss from genitourinary tract cancer, chronic hemoptysis and bleeding disorders may result in iron deficiency but are much less common causes.’
    • ‘Cough, hemoptysis, and pleuritic chest pain may accompany these upper respiratory symptoms.’
    • ‘Most cases are asymptomatic, but some present with hemoptysis, cough, chest pain, dyspnea, and pleurisy.’
    • ‘She denied hemoptysis, fever, trauma, or history of blood clots in her or her family.’


Mid 17th century: from modern Latin hemoptysis, from haemo- ‘of blood’ + Greek ptusis spitting.