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 Don’t forget the albuterol inhalers, eye drops, antifungal tablets, carbamide peroxide for earwax removal, several classes of steroids and hormones, as well as drugs for seizures, high blood pressure, and plenty more. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Vicodin, ketamine, and caffeine: The ingredients of a good space pharmacy," 8 June 2020 The other items on his bill were $225 for the EKG, $126 for the chest X-ray and $6 for his albuterol inhaler, a medication that provides quick relief for breathing problems. Dallas News, "Cough, low-grade fever sends man to ER for COVID-19 diagnosis, followed by a $3,278 bill," 31 May 2020 If necessary, patients can use albuterol that has expired. The Conversation, oregonlive, "6 things people with asthma need to know about their risk of more severe coronavirus illness," 9 Apr. 2020 Demand for albuterol, a common asthma inhaler medication, has also risen significantly, given its importance in easing the breathing of patients with severe infection. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "Essential Drug Supplies for Virus Patients Are Running Low," 2 Apr. 2020 Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston echoed a similar concern in late March for albuterol, an asthma drug being used to treat respiratory complications due to COVID-19. NBC News, "Trump admin taps startup to build nation's first stockpile of key drug ingredients," 12 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Albuterol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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