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

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bronchodilator adjective

Examples of bronchodilator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clenbuterol can be used as a decongestant or bronchodilator. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Updated Kentucky Oaks rankings," 29 Mar. 2021 Senate Bill 127, which encourages schools to have at least two bronchodilator rescue inhalers on site. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "School choice, teacher pension legislation among the latest Beshear vetoes," 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,, "What Is Tear Gas & What Does It Do To Your Body?," 2 June 2020 Emergency responders took her to the hospital via ambulance where she was treated with oxygen and bronchodilators. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Americans are poisoning themselves while trying to kill the coronavirus," 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., "Three-drug inhaler may be an advance for asthma patients," 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, "In Defense of Justify, Bob Baffert Lets Others Do the Talking for a Change," 12 Sep. 2019 Here's what isn't funny—or nerdy, for that matter: landing in the ER due to a severe asthma attack and waking up in a hospital bed with a nebulized bronchodilator tube delivering medication to your lungs. Kate Gardner, SELF, "Please Stop Giving All Nerdy Pop Culture Characters Asthma," 24 Aug. 2018 That usually means putting you on a regimen that includes a bronchodilator, which is a drug that can quickly open your swollen airways. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Facts to Know About Cough-Variant Asthma, Which Is Honestly Kind of Weird," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of bronchodilator

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bronchodilator was in 1903

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3 Apr 2021

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“Bronchodilator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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