EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPUTUM
The germ is found in the sputum and in the nasal secretions.
Do not dress if the temperature is above 99 degrees, or if there is blood in the sputum.
It is the sputum after its discharge from the body on which our attention must be fixed.
The sputum should be fresh—not more than three or four hours' old.
The sputum should always be examined, both unstained and stained.
In pneumonic cases the bacillus may be found in the sputum of the patient.
The amount of sputum should be noticed as well as its appearance.
We are caring for the sputum, but many other avenues for the diffusion of the disease are open.
No examination of the sputum was made except in cases of suspects.
A room specially equipped for the disposal of sputum is recommended.
1690s, from Latin sputum, noun use of neuter past participle of spuere "to spit" (see spew).