in·​hal·​ant in-ˈhā-lənt How to pronounce inhalant (audio)
: something (such as an allergen or medication) that is inhaled
inhalant adjective

Examples of inhalant in a Sentence

The medicine is now available as an inhalant.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inhalant was circa 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Inhalant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​hal·​ant in-ˈhā-lənt How to pronounce inhalant (audio)
: something (as a medicine-containing spray) that is inhaled
inhalant adjective

Medical Definition


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


2 of 2 adjective
variants also inhalent
: used for inhaling or constituting an inhalant
inhalant anesthetics

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