aspiration


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  1. a strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations.
  2. a goal or objective that is strongly desired: The presidency has been his aspiration since boyhood.
  3. the act of aspirating or breathing in.
  4. Phonetics.
    1. articulation accompanied by an audible puff of breath, as in the h-sound of how, or of when (hwen), or in the release of initial stops, as in the k-sound of key.
    2. the use of such a speech sound, or aspirate, in pronunciation.
  5. Medicine/Medical.
    1. the act of removing a fluid, as pus or serum, from a cavity of the body, by a hollow needle or trocar connected with a suction syringe.
    2. the act of inhaling fluid or a foreign body into the bronchi and lungs, often after vomiting.

noun

  1. strong desire to achieve something, such as success
  2. the aim of such desire
    1. the act of breathing
    2. a breath
  3. phonetics
    1. the pronunciation of a stop with an audible and forceful release of breath
    2. the friction of the released breath
    3. an aspirated consonant
  4. removal of air or fluid from a body cavity by suction
  5. med
    1. the sucking of fluid or foreign matter into the air passages of the body
    2. the removal of air or fluid from the body by suction
n.1

1530s, “action of breathing into,” from Latin aspirationem (nominative aspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of aspirare (see aspire). Meaning “steadfast longing for a higher goal, earnest desire for something above one” is recorded from c.1600 (sometimes collectively, as aspirations).

n.2

late 14c., “action of aspirating,” noun of action from aspirate (v.).

n.

  1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction.
  2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath.
  3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and aspirated by a needle.
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