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