de·​con·​ges·​tion | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce decongestion (audio) , -ˈjesh- \

Definition of decongestion

: the process of relieving congestion

Other Words from decongestion

decongest \ ˌdē-​kən-​ˈjest How to pronounce decongestion (audio) \ transitive verb
decongestive \ ˌdē-​kən-​ˈje-​stiv How to pronounce decongestion (audio) \ adjective

Examples of decongestion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The public is desperate for decongestion of our streets. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2022 In other words, save your garlic for meal prep, not nasal decongestion. Karen Pallarito,, 7 July 2021 And that means the decongestion of hotspots such as Florence, by spreading the visitors around. Julia Buckley, CNN, 23 June 2021 India’s Supreme Court recently ordered the decongestion of jails and parole for undertrials to reduce the risk of virus outbreaks in India’s prisons. Chitrangada Choudhury, Scientific American, 24 May 2021 The tablet packs 10mg phenylephrine HCI for nasal decongestion and 200mg ibuprofen for pain relief. Kevin Luna,, 1 Apr. 2021 Hanging a fresh bundle of the plant in the shower is one of the best ways to help with decongestion and feeling sick. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of decongestion

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Decongestion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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de·​con·​ges·​tion | \ -ˈjes(h)-chən How to pronounce decongestion (audio) \

Medical Definition of decongestion

: the process of relieving congestion

Other Words from decongestion

decongest \ -​ˈjest How to pronounce decongestion (audio) \ transitive verb
decongestive \ -​ˈjes-​tiv How to pronounce decongestion (audio) \ adjective


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