in·​hal·​ant | \ in-ˈhā-lənt How to pronounce inhalant (audio) \

Definition of inhalant

: something (such as an allergen or medication) that is inhaled

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Other Words from inhalant

inhalant adjective

Examples of inhalant in a Sentence

The medicine is now available as an inhalant.

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In addition, 4 percent of Lincoln and Emerson eighth-grade students reported using inhalants in the past year, according to the data. Heather Cherone,, "Eight percent of District 64 8th-grade students reported using tobacco or vaping, survey finds," 2 July 2018 Regarding high-risk substance use, the percentage of high school students who reported ever using certain illicit drugs -- cocaine, inhalants, heroin, meth, hallucinogens or ecstasy -- fell from 22.6% in 2007 to 14% in 2017. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Fewer teens having sex and using drugs, CDC survey finds," 14 June 2018 At least 21 million Americans age 12 and older report having used inhalants at least once in their lives, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Kashmira Gander, Newsweek, "What Is Huffing? Man Found Dead in New York Beside 22 Aerosol Cans and One in His Mouth," 19 Feb. 2018 Aerosols, solvents, gases and nitrates prescribed for chest pain are misused as inhalants. Kashmira Gander, Newsweek, "What Is Huffing? Man Found Dead in New York Beside 22 Aerosol Cans and One in His Mouth," 19 Feb. 2018 Those worlds collide when George and a handful of other creatures are exposed to an inhalant that sets off a genetic chain reaction. Mick Lasalle, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: More monsters, more fun in ‘Rampage’," 11 Apr. 2018 My friend Paul Salopek produced dozens of investigative stories, about abuses by the border patrol, the inhalant epidemic, the lives of transvestite prostitutes in Juarez. Steve Almond, Longreads, "My Own ‘Bad Story’: I Thought Journalism Would Make a Hero of Me," 3 Apr. 2018 Drugs like inhalants can change the structure of the nervous system by destroying myelin: the fatty substance that coats the nerves like insulation. Stmichaelschool,, "St. Michael School Hosts Info Night and Open House: Community Voices," 13 Jan. 2018 But there was something else, something familiar, drifting up and hitting me like an intoxicating inhalant. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Secret to Amazing Mango Kulfi Comes in a Can," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of inhalant

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inhalant was circa 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of inhalant

medical : a medicine or illegal drug that is breathed into the lungs


variants: also inhalent \ in-​ˈhā-​lənt How to pronounce inhalent (audio) \

Medical Definition of inhalant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as an allergen or an anesthetic vapor) that is inhaled
2 : any of various often toxic volatile substances (as spray paint, glue, or paint thinner) whose fumes are sometimes inhaled for their euphoric effect


variants: also inhalent

Medical Definition of inhalant (Entry 2 of 2)

: used for inhaling or constituting an inhalant inhalant anesthetics

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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