Aspiration may refer to:

In linguistics:

  • Aspirated consonant, a plosive pronounced with a strong burst of air
  • Debuccalization, the conversion of a consonant to or
  • Voiceless glottal fricative

In technology:

  • Naturally aspirated engine, an internal combustion engine that relies on atmospheric pressure for air intake, and does not use a supercharger or turbocharger

In medicine:

  • Pulmonary aspiration, the entry of secretions or foreign material into the trachea and lungs
  • Aspiration pneumonia, a lung infection caused by pulmonary aspiration
  • Needle aspiration biopsy, a surgical procedure
  • Vacuum aspiration, a pregnancy termination procedure
  • Nasogastric aspiration, the removal of the stomach's contents via a nasogastric tube.

Aspiration may also mean:

  • Hope or Ambition

Famous quotes containing the word aspiration:

    For you, o broker, there is no other principle but arithmetic. For me, commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred; nor can I detach one duty, like you, from all other duties, and concentrate my forces mechanically on the payment of moneys.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.
    Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)

    It may be well to remember that the highest level of moral aspiration recorded in history was reached by a few ancient Jews—Micah, Isaiah, and the rest—who took no count whatever of what might not happen to them after death. It is not obvious to me why the same point should not by and by be reached by the Gentiles.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)