Medical Definition of Aspirate

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Aspirate: To draw in by suction. A patient may aspirate for example by accidentally drawing material from the stomach into the lungs. A doctor can aspirate a joint.

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Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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