decongestion

noun

de·​con·​ges·​tion ˌdē-kən-ˈjes-chən How to pronounce decongestion (audio)
-ˈjesh-
: the process of relieving congestion
decongest transitive verb
decongestive adjective

Examples of decongestion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lemon essential oil provides a nice, citrusy scent while also purportedly promoting lymphatic decongestion, which may lead to a leaner look for the buttocks, abs, and thighs. Maddie Aberman, Women's Health, 27 June 2023 The National University of Singapore, or N.U.S., describes its strategy as containment, decongestion and contact tracing. New York Times, 9 Jan. 2021 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, Health.com, 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, chicagotribune.com, 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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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decongestion was in 1908

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“Decongestion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decongestion. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

decongestion

noun
de·​con·​ges·​tion -ˈjes(h)-chən How to pronounce decongestion (audio)
: the process of relieving congestion
decongest transitive verb
decongestive adjective
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