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

Examples of albuterol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet even keeping Carson, 7, and Maya, 4, in the house all day hasn’t kept their rising first-grader from needing his albuterol inhaler, which protects him against coughing spasms. Marc Fisher, Jennifer Oldham, Sheila Regan, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 31 May 2020 If necessary, patients can use albuterol that has expired. The Conversation, oregonlive, 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, 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, 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, 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, 27 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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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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