One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Matter that has been vomited.
- ‘Properly collected specimens such as serum, gastric contents or vomitus, feces or return from sterile water enemas, or food samples are to be referred to designated testing laboratories.’
- ‘As I was walking down the corridor one day with my chief, we came upon a pool of brownish mucoid liquid on the floor, perhaps vomitus, incontinent stool, or some other body fluid.’
- ‘Rather, transmission is probably quite direct, involving recently contaminated food or water (e.g., containing vomitus or faecal matter) or unclean hands or utensils.’
- ‘Other significant conditions were aspiration of vomitus and sickle cell disorder.’
- ‘The appropriate specimens to submit for testing include food (in the original container if it is available) or environmental specimens, stool, serum, gastric contents, or vomitus.’
Early 20th century: from Latin.
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