al·​bu·​te·​rol al-ˈbyü-tə-ˌrȯl How to pronounce albuterol (audio)
: a drug C13H21NO3 used to treat asthma as an aerosol or as the sulfate in tablet form

Examples of albuterol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several months before Akorn closed its facilities, the company had stopped shipping out its 20-milliliter bottles of liquid albuterol, according to Premier, a group purchasing organization (GPO) for major U.S. hospitals. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 3 Mar. 2023 Wholesalers have barred hospitals from ordering more than their usual supply of liquid albuterol to avoid stocking up and hoarding, Premier said. Christopher Rowland,, 1 Mar. 2023 Liquid albuterol has been in short supply since last summer, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Jen Christensen, CNN, 3 Mar. 2023 If frequently using albuterol, talk to your doctor about daily medications that help control asthma symptoms in addition to albuterol. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 8 Mar. 2023 Its Illinois factory was licensed to produce liquid albuterol used in nebulizers, a type of medical device that converts the respiratory medication into a mist that can be inhaled. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 3 Mar. 2023 Other inhalers, such as albuterol, dilate your airways to temporarily relieve asthma symptoms. Mansi Kanuga Md, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2023 The asthma drug albuterol was impacted when a major manufacturer shuttered its factories last month after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 22 Mar. 2023 Without the larger Akorn product, staff at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago had to squeeze out the albuterol contents from smaller packages. Jen Christensen, CNN, 3 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of albuterol was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Albuterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


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