- Spitting up blood or blood- tinged sputum. Pronounced he-MOP-tis-is. The word “hemoptysis” comes from the Greek “haima” for “blood” + “ptysis” meaning “a spitting” = a spitting of blood. The source of the blood was originally not specified but now refers only to blood from the respiratory tract.
* * *Spitting of blood derived from the lungs or bronchial tubes as a result of pulmonary or bronchial hemorrhage. SYN: bronchostaxis. [hemo- + G. ptysis, a spitting]- parasitic h. the clinical expression of paragonimiasis, marked by a cough and spitting of blood from the lungs. SYN: endemic h..
* * *he·mop·ty·sis or chiefly Brit hae·mop·ty·sis hi-'mäp-tə-səs n, pl -ty·ses -.sēz expectoration of blood from some part of the respiratory tract
* * *he·mop·ty·sis (he-mopґtĭ-sis) [hemo- + Gr. ptyein to spit] the expectoration of blood or of blood-stained sputum. hemoptysic adj
Medical dictionary. 2011.