bron·​cho·​di·​la·​tor | \ ˌbräŋ-(ˌ)kō-dī-ˈlā-tər How to pronounce bronchodilator (audio) , -ˈdī-ˌlā- \

Definition of bronchodilator

: a drug that relaxes bronchial muscle resulting in expansion of the bronchial air passages

Other Words from bronchodilator

bronchodilator adjective

Examples of bronchodilator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If you're diagnosed with bronchitis, your doctor may prescribe a bronchodilator like albuterol, Dr. Sood says. Korin Miller,, 14 Feb. 2022 People who are having trouble breathing can talk to their doctor about getting a bronchodilator, an inhaler, said Dr. Saag, who cautioned that systemic steroids, like prednisone, are highly dangerous to take at the outset of COVID-19. al, 29 Dec. 2021 Clenbuterol can be used as a decongestant or bronchodilator. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021 Senate Bill 127, which encourages schools to have at least two bronchodilator rescue inhalers on site. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 24 Mar. 2021 Medications that are used to treat asthma (such as bronchodilators and steroids) may also be used to help someone who has been contaminated breathe, according to the CDC. Elizabeth Gulino,, 2 June 2020 Emergency responders took her to the hospital via ambulance where she was treated with oxygen and bronchodilators. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2020 Patients tested out an inhaler that contained three drugs: A steroid preventer to control inflammation; a long-acting bronchodilator to keep airways open; and a drug called glycopyrronium to help boost airflow., 10 Oct. 2019 According to experts, the drug can act as a bronchodilator to clear airways and optimize heart rates, making horses more efficient. Joe Drape, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bronchodilator

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Bronchodilator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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bron·​cho·​di·​la·​tor | \ -dī-ˈlāt-ər How to pronounce bronchodilator (audio) , -ˈdī-ˌlāt- How to pronounce bronchodilator (audio) \
variants: also bronchodilatory \ -​dī-​ˈlāt-​ə-​rē How to pronounce bronchodilator (audio) \

Medical Definition of bronchodilator

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or causing expansion of the bronchial air passages bronchodilator activity bronchodilator drugs



Medical Definition of bronchodilator (Entry 2 of 2)

: a drug that relaxes bronchial muscle resulting in expansion of the bronchial air passages

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