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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Recent Examples on the Web Stephen Delvalle Clayton died July 21, 2018, and an autopsy showed poisonous levels of tetrahydrozoline, a decongestant used to relieve redness in the eyes, in his body, the York County Sheriff’s Office has said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "South Carolina wife gets 25 years for killing husband with eye drops," 17 Jan. 2020 The nasal decongestant, found in some allergy and cold medicines, can also be used to make crystal meth. New York Times, "Iraq Faces a New Adversary: Crystal Meth," 14 Sep. 2019 Over-the-counter decongestants can also be helpful, but Dr. Marshall says they should not be used for more than three days because some products can exacerbate congestion and raise patients blood pressure and heart rate. Tammy Worth,, "Is It a Sinus Infection or a Cold? Here's How to Tell the Difference," 10 Sep. 2019 One of the stimulants, DMAA, was used in nasal decongestants in the 1940s but withdrawn from the market several decades later. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Illegal Ingredients in Your Dietary Supplements," 22 Oct. 2018 That includes some antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of menopause, and medications for anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, and high blood pressure, the NEI says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Make Your Dry Eyes Even Worse," 1 Aug. 2018 Pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant, is also a stimulant and is banned from competition. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte broke doping rules. It happens far more than you think.," 24 July 2018 People with high blood pressure should be aware that decongestants can raise their numbers and antihistamines can cause more difficulty for those with prostate problems, Cohn said. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Sneezing your head off? Blame the extreme weather this spring," 4 May 2018 The acquisition of Merck’s products, which include Febimion women supplements, Seven Seas cod liver oil, and Nasivin nasal decongestant, will replace P&G’s joint venture with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, which was formed in 2011. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why Procter & Gamble Is Buying Merck KGaA's Consumer Health Unit in a Whopper of a Deal," 19 Apr. 2018

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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