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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 But when given the standard treatments for an asthma attack, which included oral corticosteroids and inhaled bronchodilators, 19 failed to respond to their medications. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Flu shots go a long way to keep kids with asthma out of the emergency room, study says," 4 June 2018 When it’s broken down in the body, caffeine produces small amounts of the bronchodilator theophylline. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling With Asthma," 17 Apr. 2018 Even now, with good insurance, her $2,000 deductible prompts her to use her inhaler -- an Advair bronchodilator -- sparingly. Jen Christensen, CNN, "The most common pre-existing medical conditions," 20 Sep. 2017 Clenbuterol is used for humans as a decongestant and bronchodilator. Tod Leonard,, "Youth movement pays off for Stevens with Giant Expectations," 26 Aug. 2017 The piney-tasting pinene terpene—said to be a bronchodilator good for those with asthma that can be used as an expectorant and to increase alertness—also factors into that brew. Kathryn Romeyn, Vogue, "Cannabis Terpene Cocktails—Healthy and . . . Herbal," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bronchodilator

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Bronchodilator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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 bronchodilatory (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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