de·​con·​ges·​tant | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈje-stənt How to pronounce decongestant (audio) \

Definition of decongestant

: an agent that relieves congestion (as of mucous membranes)

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Other Words from decongestant

decongestant adjective

Examples of decongestant 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 Enter the intranasal vaccine, which abandons the needle and syringe for a spray container that looks more like a nasal decongestant. Daniel P. Oran, Scientific American, "To Beat COVID, We May Need a Good Shot in the Nose," 1 Mar. 2021 But in those cases, using a decongestant can help, even if only temporarily. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Loss of smell and taste can linger after Covid or come back different," 6 Jan. 2021 Decongestant: Congestion is a key feature of colds or the flu, and a decongestant is a cornerstone of any medicine cabinet. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Time to stock your medicine cabinet for the pandemic," 4 June 2020 For allergies, there’s Allegra, Benadryl, and Claritin, plus epinephrine pens and pseudoephedrine, a decongestant. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Vicodin, ketamine, and caffeine: The ingredients of a good space pharmacy," 8 June 2020 Use over-the-counter remedies such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, and decongestants to minimize your symptoms. Dr. Georgine Nanos, Md, Mph, Good Housekeeping, "I’m a Physician Who's Studied Infectious Diseases My Entire Life. Here’s Why I Closed My Practice to Prevent COVID-19.," 18 Mar. 2020 That's causing angst for people who never have had to particularly worry about their hay fever, other than to stock up on antihistamines, decongestants and tissues. Michael Rubinkam, Anchorage Daily News, "Hay fever or virus? For allergy sufferers, a season of worry," 31 Mar. 2020 For nasal congestion, nasal sprays are recommended for a few days, following up with a pill or syrup decongestant if symptoms aren’t relieved. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "How do you treat the symptoms of coronavirus?," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of decongestant

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decongestant was in 1947

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“Decongestant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decongestant

: a medicine that helps stop thick fluid from building up in your nose, throat, or chest when you have a cold or similar illness


de·​con·​ges·​tant | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈjes-tənt How to pronounce decongestant (audio) \

Medical Definition of decongestant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an agent that relieves congestion (as of mucous membranes)



Medical Definition of decongestant (Entry 2 of 2)

: relieving or tending to relieve congestion nasal decongestant action

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