Dictionary > Aspiration


noun, plural: aspirations
(1) (physiology) The act or process of inhaling, i.e. breathing in of air.
(2) (psychology) The strong intent to achieve or accomplish, such as the desire to accomplish an ideal or value.
(3) (medicine) The drawing of a fluid or matter from the body.
Word origin: Latin spirare = to breathe
Related form(s): aspire (verb), aspirate (noun)
Related term(s):

  • pulmonary aspiration
  • aspiration pneumonia
  • aspiration biopsy
  • vacuum aspiration
  • nasogastric aspiration
  • infusion-aspiration drainage
  • bursa aspiration

Mentioned in:

  • breathing
  • near drowning

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