al·​bu·​te·​rol | \ al-ˈbyü-tə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce albuterol (audio) , -ˌrōl \

Definition of albuterol

: a drug C13H21NO3 used to treat asthma as an aerosol or as the sulfate in tablet form

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Recent Examples on the Web American health workers say they are particularly concerned about a possible shortage of anti-malarial drugs, albuterol or inhalers, and sedatives like fentanyl used for patients on ventilators. NBC News, "Trump administration in talks with India to avoid U.S. drug supply shortage," 30 Mar. 2020 On Tuesday, April 14th, Springs, who suffers from chronic inflammation of the lungs, visited the Long Island Jewish Forest Hills hospital to get a new albuterol pump. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 Someone stole a backpack containing identification cards, two albuterol inhalers and medicines valued at $190 from the 900 block of Lake Street between 9:20 p.m. Oct. 13 and 5:30 a.m. Oct. 14., "Police: Arranged sale leads to theft of $1,000 iPhone in Oak Park," 20 Oct. 2019 The federal lawsuit involves the Aug. 9 suspension of trainer Trey Wood following a positive result for albuterol in a horse that finished first in a July 27 race at Ruidoso Downs. Washington Post, "Lawsuit by owner, trainer targets New Mexico horse racing," 29 Aug. 2019 The drone prototypes that Subbarao and his colleagues are working on could carry a variety of equipment, as well as medicines such as epinephrine, naloxone, and albuterol. Tom Avril,, "In hurricanes and mass shootings, drones to the rescue?," 10 Oct. 2017 As examples, advocates point to price increases in the injectors for the heroin antidote Naloxone, albuterol-sulfate that is commonly used to treat asthma, and EpiPens that treat severe allergic reactions. Erin Cox,, "Drug firms challenge Maryland price-gouging law," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of albuterol

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for albuterol

perhaps from salicyl (radical of salicylic acid) + but(yl) + ter(tiary) entry 1 + -ol entry 1

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19 May 2020

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“Albuterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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al·​bu·​te·​rol | \ al-ˈbyü-tə-ˌrȯl, -ˌrōl How to pronounce albuterol (audio) \

Medical Definition of albuterol

: a beta-agonist bronchodilator that is administered in the form of its sulfate (C13H21NO3)2·H2SO4 as an inhalational aerosol or as a tablet to treat bronchospasm associated especially with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

called also salbutamol

— see combivent, proventil, ventolin

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