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Descriptor in English: Cough
Descriptor in Spanish: Tos
Descriptor in Portuguese: Tosse
Descriptor in French: Toux
Entry term(s): Coughs
Tree number(s): C08.618.248
C23.888.852.293
Scope note: A sudden, audible expulsion of air from the lungs through a partially closed glottis, preceded by inhalation. It is a protective response that serves to clear the trachea, bronchi, and/or lungs of irritants and secretions, or to prevent aspiration of foreign materials into the lungs.
Annotation: /drug ther: consider also ANTITUSSIVE AGENTS
Allowable Qualifiers: BL blood
CF cerebrospinal fluid
CI chemically induced
CL classification
CN congenital
CO complications
DG diagnostic imaging
DH diet therapy
DI diagnosis
DT drug therapy
EC economics
EH ethnology
EM embryology
EN enzymology
EP epidemiology
ET etiology
GE genetics
HI history
IM immunology
ME metabolism
MI microbiology
MO mortality
NU nursing
PA pathology
PC prevention & control
PP physiopathology
PS parasitology
PX psychology
RH rehabilitation
RT radiotherapy
SU surgery
TH therapy
UR urine
VE veterinary
VI virology
See also the descriptors: Antitussive Agents MeSH
Expectorants MeSH
DeCS UI: 3386
Descriptor UI: D003371
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 1999/11/08
Cough - Preferred
Concept UI M0005255
Scope note A sudden, audible expulsion of air from the lungs through a partially closed glottis, preceded by inhalation. It is a protective response that serves to clear the trachea, bronchi, and/or lungs of irritants and secretions, or to prevent aspiration of foreign materials into the lungs.
Preferred term Cough
Entry term(s) Coughs



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