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I'm looking for the word that describes a tea making coughing more productive. Is there any concise word for that?

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    What does "native name" exactly mean, in this question?
    – apaderno
    Feb 12, 2011 at 17:22
  • @kiam sorry, made it clearer now. Feb 12, 2011 at 19:11
  • I'm confused. How did "tea that stops the cause of coughing" become "a tea making coughing more productive?" What is being produced, phlegm? More to the point, wouldn't making an activity stop also make that activity more productive, in most circumstances?
    – user867
    Feb 12, 2013 at 5:12
  • How can you have a concise word? Isn't a word by itself as concise as something can be?
    – alexyorke
    May 24, 2013 at 12:27

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Most teas that help fight cough symptoms are simply herbal teas. However, a term that encompasses all cough-treating substances is expectorant.

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    Expectorant refers to something that helps your cough be more productive. It doesn't stop your cough.
    – Marthaª
    Feb 12, 2011 at 18:19
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    @Martha yes I meant such things. Stuff that makes cough more productive. Not just inhibiting it. Feb 12, 2011 at 18:55
  • @Martha: I'm sorry but I'll have to strongly disagree with you on this one. Expectorants do treat cough by expelling phlegm from the nasal cavity, which is actually the root cause of coughing. You can ask the medical experts for enlightenment on this. All cough syrups are known as expectorants.
    – Jimi Oke
    Feb 12, 2011 at 19:24
  • @Martha: Not incidentally, Merriam-Webster describes expectorant as an antitussive agent.
    – Jimi Oke
    Feb 12, 2011 at 19:30
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Something that prevents coughing is called an "antitussive". (See Merriam-Webster Online.)

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    However, that's a pretty technical term, and not one I've seen applied to herbal teas.
    – Marthaª
    Feb 12, 2011 at 18:18
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    @Martha: Don't THWACK me again! I'll be good! ;=) Seriously, though, it is a technical term but it is the only one I could think of that compresses "anti-cough [noun]" into a single word. I'll grant you it's not a word I would use to advertise tea, but if you were to give me an example of a tea that actually does the job described I would certainly group that tea into the class of substances that are used as antitussives.
    – Robusto
    Feb 12, 2011 at 18:39

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