sput- +

(Latin: spit, saliva, expectorated matter)

Another term for "spittle, spit".
1. Of the nature of spittle.
2. Characterized by the presence or flow of saliva.
The act of spitting; expectoration
1. Habitually spitting.
2. Inclined to spit.
3. Excessive spitting.
4. Characterized by (excessive) spitting or salivation.
To spit on (a person, etc.).
sputter, sputtering, sputters
1. To spit out or to spray particles of saliva or food from the mouth in noisy bursts.
2. To eject in short bursts with spitting or popping sounds.
3. To spit out words or sounds in an excited or confused manner; excited or confused utterances.
4. To make sporadic spitting or popping sounds: "The bonfire finally sputtered and died."
5. In physics, to cause the atoms of a solid to be removed from the surface by bombardment with atoms in a discharge tube.
That which has been thrown, or spit, out in small portions; such as, liquids; or something that was uttered with haste and indistinctness, as words.
1. Someone who has spit, or ejected, particles of saliva, food, etc., from the mouth in a light spray, as when speaking angrily or excitedly.
2. Anyone who has spit or squirted something from the mouth with explosive sounds.
1. Ejecting in short bursts with spitting or popping sounds.
2. Uttering in an excited or a confused manner.
sputum (s), sputa (pl); sputamentum
1. Expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness.
2. A substance coughed up from the respiratory tract and usually ejected by mouth; that is, saliva, phlegm, or mucus.
3. Saliva or spittle mixed with mucus or purulent matter, and expectorated in certain diseased states of the lungs, chest, or throat; a mass or quantity of this.
4. Matter spat out or ejected from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea, through the mouth.

Material discharged from the surface of the air passages, throut, or mouth, and removed chiefly by splitting, but in a lesser degree, by swallowing. It may consist of saliva, mucus, or pus, either alone or in any combination. It may also contain microorganisms, fibrin, blood, or its decomposition products, or any inhaled particulate foreign matter.

Other related saliva and/or spittle units: ptyalo-; salivo-; sialo-.