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Verb: cough  kóf
  1. Exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
    "The smoker coughs all day"
Noun: cough  kóf
  1. A sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, pneumonia or tuberculosis
    - coughing
  2. A condition that causes coughing; a tendency to cough

Derived forms: coughs, coughed, coughing

See also: cough out, cough up [informal]

Type of: cough out, cough up, expectorate, spit out, spit up, symptom

Part of: respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness

Encyclopedia: Cough